The association between aggression, traumatic event exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder of looked after young people

Rachel Eleanor Webb, Dan Johnson

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Abstract

This study identified an association between symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and aggression in a sample of looked after young people. Observational data on PTSD symptoms and the frequency of aggressive behaviours was obtained for a sample of 36 boys and 13 girls in residential and secure care over a retrospective 28 day period. The study identified high rates of traumatic event exposure and PTSD symptoms, with 51% meeting the criteria for a likely diagnosis of PTSD. The severity of PTSD symptoms was also found to be associated with verbal and physical aggression towards members of staff and peers within the care environment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Volume18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • trauma
  • PTSD
  • aggression
  • residential and secure care

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