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Trauma and PTSD in the United States 

Trauma and PTSD in the United States
Chapter:
Trauma and PTSD in the United States
Source:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author(s):

Ronald C. Kessler

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190259440.003.0007

Trauma and PTSD in the United States reviews epidemiological data on the prevalence and correlates of trauma and PTSD in the United States. The chapter begins by examining the comparative prevalence, age-of-onset distributions, and socio-demographic distributions of a wide range of specific traumatic life experiences. Data on the clustering and time-lagged associations among these different types of traumas are then considered. The chapter then reviews evidence on the absolute and relative risks of PTSD and the socio-demographic predictors of PTSD. Data are then reviewed on the course of PTSD and the associations of trauma type and socio-demographic variables with the course of PTSD.

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