Predictive validity of acute stress disorder in children and adolescents

Tim Dalgleish, Richard Meiser-Stedman, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Anke Ehlers, Flaura Winston, Patrick Smith, Bridget Bryant, Richard A. Mayou, William Yule

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Adult research suggests that the dissociation criterion of acute stress disorder has limited validity in predicting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We addressed this issue in child and adolescent survivors (n=367) of road accidents. Dissociation accounted for no significant unique variance in later PTSD, over and above other acute stress disorder criteria. Furthermore, thresholds of either three or more re-experiencing symptoms, or six or more re-experiencing/ hyperarousal symptoms, were as effective at predicting PTSD as the full acute stress disorder diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-393
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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