The prevalence of posttraumatic psychopathology in the general and the clinical population. Academic Article uri icon


  • Study 1 reviewed 40 studies on trauma conducted in the US, UK, Australia, and The Netherlands, to determine the prevalence of posttraumatic psychopathology (PTP). Data show that PTP and especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are frequent phenomena in the general population. Study 2 examined the prevalence of PTP in the process of coping with traumatic events. Ss were all of the new adult referrals to a psychiatric outpatient clinic in a 7-mo period. 18% of these referrals concerned people with symptoms of unprocessed traumatic experiences. Results question why specific treatment for PTP remains a neglected area in psychiatry and psychotherapy.(PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • January 1, 1992