Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2010

Subject: LCSH

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between the number of types of traumatic events experienced by children 3 to 6 years old, parenting stress, and children's posttraumatic stress (PTS). Parents and caregivers provided data for 154 urban children admitted into community-based mental health or developmental services. By parent and caregiver report, children experienced an average of 4.9 different types of potentially traumatic events. Nearly one quarter of the children evidenced clinically significant PTS. Posttraumatic stress was positively and significantly related to family violence and other family-related trauma exposure, nonfamily violence and trauma exposure, and parenting stress. Additionally, parenting stress partially mediated the relationship between family violence and trauma exposure and PTS. This study highlights the need for early violence and trauma exposure screening in help-seeking populations so that appropriate interventions are initiated.

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Crusto, C. A., Whitson, M. L., Walling, S. N., Feinn, R., Friedman, S. R., Reynolds, J., … Kaufman, J. S. (2010). Posttraumatic Stress among Young Urban Children Exposed to Family Violence and Other Potentially Traumatic Events. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(6), 716–724, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20590 . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

DOI

10.1002/jts.20590

Publisher Citation

Crusto, C. A., Whitson, M. L., Walling, S. N., Feinn, R., Friedman, S. R., Reynolds, J., … Kaufman, J. S. (2010). Posttraumatic Stress among Young Urban Children Exposed to Family Violence and Other Potentially Traumatic Events. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(6), 716–724. http://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20590

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