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The Effect of Age at First Trauma and Multiple Traumatisation on Symptoms of Complex PTSD

Roberts, L; (2013) The Effect of Age at First Trauma and Multiple Traumatisation on Symptoms of Complex PTSD. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Aims There is a growing body of evidence into the prevalence of Complex PTSD, however what is as of yet unclear is whether Complex PTSD is a result of multiple traumas, or a consequence of traumas occurring at a young age. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of age at first trauma and the number of traumas experienced on symptoms of Complex PTSD. Method Seventy-two individuals with PTSD were recruited from three mental health outpatient services. Participants were administered standardised measures regarding their experiences of traumatic events (THQ) and symptoms of PTSD (PCL) and Complex PTSD (DES, SDQ-5, IIP-25 and BDI-II). Results Age at first trauma was shown to effect interpersonal problems, with the childhood trauma group displaying increased symptoms once the number of traumas experienced was controlled for. Age at first trauma was not related to dissociation, somatisation, PTSD severity or depression. In contrast, the number of traumas experienced was related to PTSD severity, interpersonal problems, dissociation, somatisation and depression. Conclusion The results suggest that the experience of multiple traumas may lead to symptoms of Complex PTSD. With the exception of interpersonal problems, the study suggests that Complex PTSD is a response to the cumulative effect of multiple traumas, rather than a response to traumas occurring in childhood.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The Effect of Age at First Trauma and Multiple Traumatisation on Symptoms of Complex PTSD
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Complex PTSD, DESNOS, Multiple trauma, Childhood trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1405812
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