Effects of varying diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder are endorsing the concept of partial PTSD

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the appropriateness of different diagnostic criteria sets for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This was done by varying diagnostic criteria on the diagnosis of PTSD in a study group of N = 146 former political prisoners, and comparing the resulting diagnostic groups with a study group of N = 75 nontraumatized controls with regard to mean scores on measures of subjective distress (i.e., IES-R, BDI, BAI, SCL-90-R). The findings did not support the diagnostic boundaries as defined by the DSM-IV or the lowering of the avoidance criterion from three to two symptoms. The concept of partial PTSD appeared to be the most appropriate way to provide diagnostic coverage for those who did not meet full DSM IV criteria.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-165
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of traumatic stress
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999

External IDs

PubMed 10027149


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  • Partial posttraumatic stress disorder, Posttraumatic stress disorder