Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

System Used Is Key to Parent, Child Agreement on PTSD Symptoms

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

System Used Is Key to Parent, Child Agreement on PTSD Symptoms

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CHICAGO -- Agreement between parents and children on posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms depends on the system, reported Maryam Kia-Keating of Boston Medical Center.

Agreement among 73 pairs of parents and children with PTSD and acute burns or injuries varied widely among different symptom clusters, with higher disagreement on hypervigilance and arousal possibly attributable to the fact that the symptoms in that cluster are tied to more internal experiences for the child than are those in other symptom clusters, she said in a poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Parents and their children agreed on an overall PTSD diagnosis 81.7% of the time. They agreed on avoidance and numbing symptoms 74.6% of the time and reexperiencing symptoms 74.2% of the time, both of which were statistically significant. Agreement on the hypervigilance and arousal cluster occurred 53.2% of the time, which was not statistically significant. …

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