Trauma and psychotic symptoms: Data from a pediatric mental health inpatient unit



This study describes differences in symptoms in young people with psychosis, with and without a history of trauma. The files of 118 mental health inpatients, aged 8 to 18 years, all reporting hallucinations and/or delusions, were reviewed for a history of trauma. Symptoms reported by inpatients with and without a history of trauma were compared. Variables found to be significantly associated with trauma in the univariate analysis were entered into a logistic regression analysis. Variables were entered if they met a significance of p < .05 or an adjusted odds ratio of < 2. Young people with a history of trauma reported a highly significant increase in disturbed behavior, particularly those with a history of sexual assault. This study illustrates the importance of obtaining an adequate assessment of children and adolescents with psychotic symptoms to ensure they receive the most effective treatment.

Traditional and Simplified Chinese Abstracts by AsianSTSS

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