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Diagnostic overlap between acute stress disorder and PTSD in victims of violent crime

Brewin, CR; Andrews, B; Rose, S; (2003) Diagnostic overlap between acute stress disorder and PTSD in victims of violent crime. AM J PSYCHIAT , 160 (4) 783 - 785.

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Abstract

Objective: In a group of crime victims, the authors investigated overlap between acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses and their relative ability to predict PTSD at 6 months.Method: A mixed-sex group of 157 victims of violent assault were interviewed within 1 month of the crime. At the 6-month follow-up, 87.9% were reinterviewed by telephone.Results: At baseline the rate of acute stress disorder was 19.1%, the rate of PTSD was 21.0%, and the percentage agreement between them was 95.5%. The two diagnoses were equally effective predictors of PTSD 6 months later.Conclusions: The high level of overlap between acute stress disorder and PTSD calls into question whether, as presently formulated, they represent distinct diagnoses.

Type: Article
Title: Diagnostic overlap between acute stress disorder and PTSD in victims of violent crime
Keywords: 2-YEAR PROSPECTIVE EVALUATION
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125419
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