How do Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Childhood Trauma talk about single versus repeated traumas?

Amina Memon, Deborah Connolly, Chris Brewin, Thomas Meyer, Julia Seidel, Shelbie Anderson, Marleen Rijkeboer, Arnoud Arntz

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Adults with posttraumatic stress disorder from childhood trauma (ch-PTSD) described their ‘worst’ traumatic event (a single or repeated event) pre-post treatment for PTSD during an international clinical trial. The memory reports were coded for specificity (Episodic vs General) and level of detail. Repeated Event narratives contained more generic and fewer episodic references but no more details than memories describing Single Events. Analysis of a subset of the sample’s post-treatment memory reports found 38% of the information units
were consistent with the pre-treatment narrative, 38% were omitted, 21% were new details and 2% were changes. The SE and RE groups did not differ on consistency. The data provide a unique insight into single vs repeated event memory reporting in a clinical sample with PTSD from childhood trauma.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Early online date15 Mar 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Mar 2021

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