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.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Nov 2019|
- residential and secure care