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Difficulty identifying feelings predicts the persistence of trauma symptoms in a sample of veterans who experienced military sexual trauma.
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2008 Mar; 196(3):252-5.JN

Abstract

The current study examined the prospective association between alexithymia and the persistence of trauma symptoms in a clinical sample of 175 male and female veterans who experienced sexual trauma during military service (military sexual trauma; MST). Trauma symptoms decreased significantly over the course of a specialized residential treatment program. Difficulty identifying feelings was related to persistence of the following trauma symptoms: overall symptoms, sexual abuse trauma symptoms, dissociative symptoms, and anxiety. Men exhibited more persistent symptoms overall, more persistent sexual problems, and more sexual abuse trauma symptoms compared with women (over and above controlling for symptoms at intake). The results speak to the significant role that difficulty identifying feelings has in the treatment of PTSD. In addition, the results suggest that MST has different implications for men compared with women. Specifically, men who were sexually abused in the military experienced greater persistence of symptoms compared with women, especially in the areas of sexual functioning.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines, Florida, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18340263

Citation

O'Brien, Carol, et al. "Difficulty Identifying Feelings Predicts the Persistence of Trauma Symptoms in a Sample of Veterans Who Experienced Military Sexual Trauma." The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, vol. 196, no. 3, 2008, pp. 252-5.
O'Brien C, Gaher RM, Pope C, et al. Difficulty identifying feelings predicts the persistence of trauma symptoms in a sample of veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2008;196(3):252-5.
O'Brien, C., Gaher, R. M., Pope, C., & Smiley, P. (2008). Difficulty identifying feelings predicts the persistence of trauma symptoms in a sample of veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196(3), 252-5. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e318166397d
O'Brien C, et al. Difficulty Identifying Feelings Predicts the Persistence of Trauma Symptoms in a Sample of Veterans Who Experienced Military Sexual Trauma. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2008;196(3):252-5. PubMed PMID: 18340263.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Difficulty identifying feelings predicts the persistence of trauma symptoms in a sample of veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. AU - O'Brien,Carol, AU - Gaher,Raluca M, AU - Pope,Caryanne, AU - Smiley,Paul, PY - 2008/3/15/pubmed PY - 2008/4/16/medline PY - 2008/3/15/entrez SP - 252 EP - 5 JF - The Journal of nervous and mental disease JO - J Nerv Ment Dis VL - 196 IS - 3 N2 - The current study examined the prospective association between alexithymia and the persistence of trauma symptoms in a clinical sample of 175 male and female veterans who experienced sexual trauma during military service (military sexual trauma; MST). Trauma symptoms decreased significantly over the course of a specialized residential treatment program. Difficulty identifying feelings was related to persistence of the following trauma symptoms: overall symptoms, sexual abuse trauma symptoms, dissociative symptoms, and anxiety. Men exhibited more persistent symptoms overall, more persistent sexual problems, and more sexual abuse trauma symptoms compared with women (over and above controlling for symptoms at intake). The results speak to the significant role that difficulty identifying feelings has in the treatment of PTSD. In addition, the results suggest that MST has different implications for men compared with women. Specifically, men who were sexually abused in the military experienced greater persistence of symptoms compared with women, especially in the areas of sexual functioning. SN - 1539-736X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18340263/Difficulty_identifying_feelings_predicts_the_persistence_of_trauma_symptoms_in_a_sample_of_veterans_who_experienced_military_sexual_trauma_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e318166397d DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -