A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Childhood Trauma on Symptoms and Functioning of People with Severe Mental Health Problems

Gavin Davidson, Ciaran Shannon, Ciaran Mulholland, Jim Campbell

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between childhood trauma and the psychiatric symptoms and psychosocial functioning of adults with severe mental health problems. Participants (n = 31) were recruited from the caseloads of community mental health services in Northern Ireland and assessed at baseline, 9 months, and 18 months. More than half had a history of childhood trauma (n = 17). There were no differences between the no childhood trauma (n = 14) and childhood trauma groups on psychiatric symptoms, but a significant relationship was found between trauma history and all aspects of social functioning. Those with no history of trauma showed improved psychosocial functioning over time, whereas those with a history of trauma deteriorated. These findings have implications for current service provision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Trauma and Dissociation
Volume10
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jan 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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