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Underlying Dimensions of DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms

Biehn, Tracey L., Elhai, Jon D., Seligman, Laura D., Tamburrino, Marijo, Armour, Cherie and Forbes, David (2013) Underlying Dimensions of DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms. Psychological Injury and Law, 6 (4). pp. 290-298. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12207-013-9177-4

DOI: doi:10.1007/s12207-013-9177-4


This study examined the relationship between the underlying latent factors of major depression symptoms and DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). A nonclinical sample of 266 participants with a trauma history participated in the study. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to evaluate the fit of the DSM-5 PTSD model and dysphoria model, as well as a depression model comprised of somatic and nonsomatic factors. The DSM-5 PTSD model demonstrated somewhat better fit over the dysphoria model. Wald tests indicated that PTSD’s negative alterations in cognitions and mood factor was more strongly related to depression’s nonsomatic factor than its somatic factor. This study furthers a nascent line of research examining the relationship between PTSD and depression factors in order to better understand the nature of the high comorbidity rates between the two disorders. Moreover, this study provides an initial analysis of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Confirmatory factor analysis; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Depression; DSM-5
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:33096
Deposited By: Prof Cherie Armour
Deposited On:29 Feb 2016 13:56
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:20

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