Attentional bias and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder one year after burn injury
2009 (English)In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, ISSN 0022-3018, E-ISSN 1539-736X, Vol. 197, no 11, 850-855 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Trauma-related attentional bias is suggested to play a role in maintaining posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although being burn injured is a traumatic event for many patients, there are no prospective studies investigating attentional bias. The aims were to assess burn-specific attentional bias 1 year after burn, and its associations with risk factors for PTSD and symptoms of PTSD. A total of 38 adult patients with burns were assessed with a structured clinical interview and a Swedish version of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised up to 1-year after burn. The Emotional Stroop Task was used to assess attentional bias 1 year after burn. In total 29 participants displayed burn-specific attentional bias. This group had more previous life events, perceived life threat, larger burns, and higher PTSD symptom severity. In conclusion, the majority of the patients had burn-specific attentional bias 1 year after burn and this was related to symptoms of PTSD.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 197, no 11, 850-855 p.
Impact of event scale-revised, physical trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, selective attention, Stroop Task
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122809DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181bea555ISI: 000272020900009PubMedID: 19996724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122809DiVA: diva2:311096