This project was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Program grant (300304).
The role of panic attacks in acute stress disorder in children†
Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2007
Copyright © 2007 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 1069–1073, December 2007
How to Cite
Sinclair, E., Salmon, K. and Bryant, R. A. (2007), The role of panic attacks in acute stress disorder in children. J. Traum. Stress, 20: 1069–1073. doi: 10.1002/jts.20272
- Issue online: 21 DEC 2007
- Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2007
This study examined the role of peritraumatic panic symptoms during trauma in childhood acute stress. Children (N = 60) who had suffered traumatic injury were administered the Child Acute Stress Reaction Questionnaire, the Child Depression Inventory, and the Physical Reactions Scale to index panic attacks that occurred during the trauma. Panic attacks were experienced during their trauma by 100% of participants with acute stress reactions and 24% of participants without stress reactions. Panic attacks during trauma accounted for 28% of the variance of acute stress reactions, with an additional variance accounted for by age, time since the accident, and dysphoria. These findings are discussed in terms of fear conditioning models of posttraumatic stress.