This work was funded by grants from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), the Conseil Québécois en recherche sociale (CQRS), and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to the senior author.
Consistency of retrospective reports of peritraumatic responses and their relation to PTSD diagnostic status†
Article first published online: 13 SEP 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 599–605, October 2010
How to Cite
David, A.-C., Akerib, V., Gaston, L. and Brunet, A. (2010), Consistency of retrospective reports of peritraumatic responses and their relation to PTSD diagnostic status. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 599–605. doi: 10.1002/jts.20566
- Issue published online: 22 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2010
Few studies have examined whether trauma-exposed individuals are consistent in their retrospective reports of how they reacted at the time of trauma exposure, and whether this phenomenon has any implications at the diagnostic level. In a series of three longitudinal studies (N = 113) with different timeframes, the authors prospectively investigated the consistency of peritraumatic response scores as a function of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnostic status. Across the three studies, consistency of scores was better among individuals who either did not develop PTSD or who remitted from it than among those whose PTSD did not remit. These results are consistent with the literature suggesting that compromised memory processes are related to sustained PTSD.