Traumatic Events and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in an Urban Population of Young Adults

To ascertain the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and risk factors associated with it, we studied a random sample of 1007 young adults from a large health maintenance organization in the Detroit, Mich, area

Naomi Breslau

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • From the Departments of Psychiatry and Biostatistics and Research Epidemiology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich; and the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • To ascertain the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and risk factors associated with it, we studied a random sample of 1007 young adults from a large health maintenance organization in the Detroit, Mich, area
  • Persons with PTSD were at increased risk for other psychiatric disorders; PTSD had stronger associations with anxiety and affective disorders than with substance abuse or dependence
  • Life-style differences associated with differential exposure to situations that have a high risk for traumatic events and personal predispositions to the PTSD effects of traumatic events might be responsible for a substantial part of PTSD in this population
  • Life-style differences associated with differential exposure to situations that have a high risk for traumatic events and personal predispositions to the posttraumatic stress disorder effects of traumatic events might be responsible for a substantial part of PTSD in this population

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