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Hypnotizability and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Prospective Study


Bryant, RA and Guthrie, RM and Moulds, ML and Nixon, RDV and Felmingham, KL, Hypnotizability and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Prospective Study, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 51, (4) pp. 382-389. ISSN 0020-7144 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1076/iceh.51.4.382.16407


Abstract: Although there is converging evidence that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with higher levels of hypnotizability, there are no studies concerning the stability of hypnotizability levels following trauma. Acutely traumatized participants with acute stress disorder (NΌ45) were administered the Stanford Hypnotic Clinical Scale (SHCS) within 4 weeks of their trauma. Participants were subsequently administered a brief cognitive-behavior therapy program. Six months after treatment, participants were re-assessed with the SHCS. Although SHCS scores were generally stable (rΌ.47), two thirds of participants responded differently across the 2 assessments. Increased SHCS scores at the second assessment were correlated with elevated PTSD avoidance scores. This finding suggests that elevated hypnotizability in PTSD populations may not be entirely stable and may be associated with specific PTSD responses.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Felmingham, KL (Professor Kim Felmingham)
ID Code:72153
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-08-23
Last Modified:2011-09-15
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