The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in school-aged children and adolescents following pediatric intensive care unit admission

Dow, Belinda L., Kenardy, Justin A., Le Brocque, Robyne M. and Long, Deborah A. (2013) The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in school-aged children and adolescents following pediatric intensive care unit admission. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 23 9: 614-619. doi:10.1089/cap.2013.0044

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Author Dow, Belinda L.
Kenardy, Justin A.
Le Brocque, Robyne M.
Long, Deborah A.
Title The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in school-aged children and adolescents following pediatric intensive care unit admission
Journal name Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1044-5463
1557-8992
Publication date 2013-11-19
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/cap.2013.0044
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 23
Issue 9
Start page 614
End page 619
Total pages 6
Place of publication New Rochelle, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: This study explored the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents following pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission. Specifically, the study aimed to describe the presentation and prevalence of PTSD symptoms 6 months postdischarge, explore the validity of the DSM-IV PTSD algorithm and alternative PTSD algorithm (PTSD-AA) in school-aged children and adolescents, and examine the diagnostic utility of Criterion C3 (inability to recall aspects of a trauma) in this cohort.

Methods: Participants were 59 children aged 6-16, admitted to PICU for at least 8 hours. PTSD was assessed via diagnostic interview (Children's PTSD Inventory) 6 months following PICU discharge.

Results: The PTSD-AA was found to provide the most valid measure of PTSD at 6 months. Removing Criterion C3 improved the validity of Criterion C.

Conclusions: This study supports the use of the PTSD-AA excluding Criterion C3 for identifying highly traumatized children and adolescents following PICU admission.
Keyword Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Psychiatry
Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Psychiatry
PEDIATRICS
PHARMACOLOGY & PHARMACY
PSYCHIATRY, SCI
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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