Post-traumatic stress and somatization in abused women
2009 (English)In: Traumatology, ISSN 1534-7656, E-ISSN 1085-9373, Vol. 15, no 1, 103-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examines the relationship between posttraumatic stressdisorder (PTSD) and somatization in abused women; 213 abusedwomen were assessed for PTSD, somatization, health care contacts,and abuse-related variables. The main analyses in this exploratorystudy are based on the 91 respondents reporting either PTSDor somatization. We found no association between the occurrenceof PTSD and somatization in abused women. Women with PTSD reportedhigher total magnitude of abuse and a larger number of perpetratorsthan women with somatization. Sexually abused women with PTSDmore often described their experience as an act of abuse comparedwith sexually abused women with somatization. Results suggestthat PTSD might not be a necessary mediator between abuse andsomatization and that variables other than abuse magnitude aredecisive for the development of somatization in abused women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 15, no 1, 103-112 p.
abused women • somatization • posttraumatic stress
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14533DOI: 10.1177/1534765608326177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14533DiVA: diva2:23660