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PTSD as a mediator of sexual revictimization: the role of reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal symptoms.
J Trauma Stress. 2006 Oct; 19(5):687-98.JT

Abstract

Theory and research suggest that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may mediate the relationship between child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. However, little empirical research has examined the mediational role of PTSD. In the present study, the authors use structural equation modeling to examine the degree to which the three symptom clusters that define PTSD (reexperiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal) contribute to sexual revictimization. To assess PTSD symptomatology, undergraduate women completed questionnaires (N = 1,449), which detailed the history and severity of childhood and adult sexual assault experiences. Results indicated that PTSD mediated sexual revictimization. When PTSD symptom clusters were examined individually, only the hyperarousal cluster was a significant mediator. Results are discussed in terms of information-processing mechanisms that may underlie sexual revictimization.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Psychology Department, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2892, USA. hjrisser@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17075896

Citation

Risser, Heather J., et al. "PTSD as a Mediator of Sexual Revictimization: the Role of Reexperiencing, Avoidance, and Arousal Symptoms." Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 19, no. 5, 2006, pp. 687-98.
Risser HJ, Hetzel-Riggin MD, Thomsen CJ, et al. PTSD as a mediator of sexual revictimization: the role of reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal symptoms. J Trauma Stress. 2006;19(5):687-98.
Risser, H. J., Hetzel-Riggin, M. D., Thomsen, C. J., & McCanne, T. R. (2006). PTSD as a mediator of sexual revictimization: the role of reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19(5), 687-98.
Risser HJ, et al. PTSD as a Mediator of Sexual Revictimization: the Role of Reexperiencing, Avoidance, and Arousal Symptoms. J Trauma Stress. 2006;19(5):687-98. PubMed PMID: 17075896.
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TY - JOUR T1 - PTSD as a mediator of sexual revictimization: the role of reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal symptoms. AU - Risser,Heather J, AU - Hetzel-Riggin,Melanie D, AU - Thomsen,Cynthia J, AU - McCanne,Thomas R, PY - 2006/11/1/pubmed PY - 2007/2/23/medline PY - 2006/11/1/entrez SP - 687 EP - 98 JF - Journal of traumatic stress JO - J Trauma Stress VL - 19 IS - 5 N2 - Theory and research suggest that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may mediate the relationship between child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. However, little empirical research has examined the mediational role of PTSD. In the present study, the authors use structural equation modeling to examine the degree to which the three symptom clusters that define PTSD (reexperiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal) contribute to sexual revictimization. To assess PTSD symptomatology, undergraduate women completed questionnaires (N = 1,449), which detailed the history and severity of childhood and adult sexual assault experiences. Results indicated that PTSD mediated sexual revictimization. When PTSD symptom clusters were examined individually, only the hyperarousal cluster was a significant mediator. Results are discussed in terms of information-processing mechanisms that may underlie sexual revictimization. SN - 0894-9867 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17075896/PTSD_as_a_mediator_of_sexual_revictimization:_the_role_of_reexperiencing_avoidance_and_arousal_symptoms_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20156 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -