Prevalence and predictive value of ICD-11 posttraumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD diagnoses in children and adolescents exposed to a single-event trauma

Elliott, Rachel, McKinnon, Anna, Dixon, Clare, Boyle, Adrian, Murphy, Fionnuala, Dahm, Theresa, Travers-Hill, Emma, Mul, Cari‐lène, Archibald, Sarah-Jane, Smith, Patrick, Dalgleish, Tim, Meiser-Stedman, Richard ORCID: and Hitchcock, Caitlin (2021) Prevalence and predictive value of ICD-11 posttraumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD diagnoses in children and adolescents exposed to a single-event trauma. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 62 (3). pp. 270-276. ISSN 0021-9630

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Background: The 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD‐11) made a number of significant changes to the diagnostic criteria for post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We sought to determine the prevalence and 3‐month predictive values of the new ICD‐11 PTSD criteria relative to ICD‐10 PTSD, in children and adolescents following a single traumatic event. ICD‐11 also introduced a diagnosis of Complex PTSD (CPTSD), proposed to typically result from prolonged, chronic exposure to traumatic experiences, although the CPTSD diagnostic criteria do not require a repeated experience of trauma. We therefore explored whether children and adolescents demonstrate ICD‐11 CPTSD features following exposure to a single‐incident trauma. Method: Data were analysed from a prospective cohort study of youth aged 8–17 years who had attended an emergency department following a single trauma. Assessments of PTSD, CPTSD, depressive and anxiety symptoms were performed at two to four weeks (n = 226) and nine weeks (n = 208) post‐trauma, allowing us to calculate and compare the prevalence and predictive value of ICD‐10 and ICD‐11 PTSD criteria, along with CPTSD. Predictive abilities of different diagnostic thresholds were undertaken using positive/negative predictive values, sensitivity/specificity statistics and logistic regressions. Results: At Week 9, 15 participants (7%) were identified as experiencing ICD‐11 PTSD, compared to 23 (11%) experiencing ICD‐10 PTSD. There was no significant difference in comorbidity rates between ICD‐10 and ICD‐11 PTSD diagnoses. Ninety per cent of participants with ICD‐11 PTSD also met criteria for at least one CPTSD feature. Five participants met full CPTSD criteria. Conclusions: Reduced prevalence of PTSD associated with the use of ICD‐11 criteria is likely to reduce identification of PTSD relative to using ICD‐10 criteria but not relative to DSM‐4 and DSM‐5 criteria. Diagnosis of CPTSD is likely to be infrequent following single‐incident trauma.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: complex ptsd,international classification of diseases,post-traumatic stress disorder,adolescent,child,trauma,pediatrics, perinatology, and child health,developmental and educational psychology,psychiatry and mental health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2735
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Mental Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2020 08:36
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 02:38
DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.13240


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