A comparison of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans with and without spinal cord injury

Cynthia L. Radnitz, Dennis D. Tirch, Jeffrey Willard, Lynn B. Lillian, Stacey Walczak, Joanne Festa, Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, Charles P. Broderick, Martin Binks, Ilana Schlein, Leon Green, Arthur Cytryn, Louis Hsu, Neil Bockian

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Abstract

The authors assessed effects of paraplegic and quadriplegic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by comparing severity and prevalence of PTSD in these groups to a sample of controls who experienced traumatic injuries other than SCI. The authors found that veterans with quadriplegia reported significantly less severe current PTSD symptoms than controls who were not significantly different from veterans with paraplegia. These results suggest that sustaining a quadriplegic SCI decreases risk of current PTSD, whereas sustaining a paraplegic SCI is associated with greater risk of PTSD, although the risk is no greater than that incurred from experiencing the trauma itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-680
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume107
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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    Radnitz, C. L., Tirch, D. D., Willard, J., Lillian, L. B., Walczak, S., Festa, J., Perez-Strumolo, L., Broderick, C. P., Binks, M., Schlein, I., Green, L., Cytryn, A., Hsu, L., & Bockian, N. (1998). A comparison of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans with and without spinal cord injury. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107(4), 676-680. https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-843X.107.4.676