Predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories in parents of children exposed to motor vehicle collisions

Hiller, Rachel M, Halligan, Sarah L, Ariyanayagam, Rachel, Dalgleish, Tim, Smith, Patrick, Yule, William, Glucksman, Ed, Watson, Peter and Meiser-Stedman, Richard (2016) Predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories in parents of children exposed to motor vehicle collisions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41 (1). pp. 108-116. ISSN 0146-8693

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Abstract

Following child trauma, parents are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), either owing to their direct involvement or from hearing of their child's involvement. Despite the potential impact of a parent's development of PTSD on both the parent and child, little is known about what may place a parent at increased risk.   METHOD: PTSD symptoms were assessed ≤4 weeks, 6 months, and 3 years post-trauma, along with a range of potential risk factors, in a sample of parents of 2-10-year-old children who were involved in a motor vehicle collision.   RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Two symptom trajectories were identified: Those parents whose symptoms remained low across all time points and those whose symptoms remained elevated at 6 months post-trauma and declined by 3 years. Subjective threat, thought suppression, and maladaptive cognitions about damage to the child were identified as key predictors of poorer outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 09:10
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 23:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/54343
DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv068

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