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The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology on quality of life: The sentinel experience of anger, hypervigilance and restricted affect

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Forbes, D and Nickerson, A and Bryant, RA and Creamer, M and Silove, D and McFarlane, AC and Van Hooff, M and Phelps, A and Felmingham, KL and Malhi, GS and Steel, Z and Fredrickson, J and Alkemade, N and O'Donnell, M, The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology on quality of life: The sentinel experience of anger, hypervigilance and restricted affect, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53, (4) pp. 336-349. ISSN 0004-8674 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

DOI: doi:10.1177/0004867418772917

Abstract

Background: It is unclear which specific symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are related to poor perceived quality of life.

Objective: To investigate the influence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology on quality of life in traumatic injury survivors.

Method: Traumatic injury survivors completed questionnaires on post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology and quality of life at 3 months (n = 987), 12 months (n = 862), 24 months (n = 830) and 6 years (n = 613) post trauma.

Results: Low quality of life was reported by 14.5% of injury survivors at 3 months and 8% at 6 years post event. The post-traumatic stress disorder symptom clusters that contributed most to poor perceived quality of life were numbing and arousal, the individual symptoms that contributed most were anger, hypervigilance and restricted affect.

Conclusions: There was variability in the quality of life of traumatic injury survivors in the 6 years following trauma and a consistent proportion reported low quality of life. Early intervention to reduce anger, hypervigilance and restricted affect symptoms may provide a means to improving the quality of life of traumatic injury survivors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:PTSD, quality of life, anger, hypervigilance, detachment
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
UTAS Author:Felmingham, KL (Professor Kim Felmingham)
ID Code:133799
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-07-10
Last Modified:2019-08-07
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