A Network Analysis to Identify Associations between PTSD and Dissociation among Teenagers

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Abstract

We conducted a network analysis of measures of dissociation and posttraumatic symptoms (PTS) with a varied sample of adolescents (N = 312), some of them previously exposed to war scenarios. The global measure of dissociation (A-DES) was uniquely linked to the arousal PTS symptom cluster (CRIES-13), in particular sleep problems, but not to the reexperiencing and avoidance clusters. Three of four (i.e., depersonalization/derealization, amnesia, mental partition/compartmentalization) dissociation clusters were uniquely linked to PTS severity, but not absorption. The results with the pooled groups were generally representative of both groups. The DP/DR relation to PTS was based on data from both samples, whereas the link between amnesia and partition/parts might have been driven by the normative group, although the refugee sample had significantly higher scores in those variables. The results replicate some previous findings with adult samples and suggest new paths for research and theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Trauma & Dissociation
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021 Oct

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology

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