Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Injured Children [ 2001 - 2003 ]

Also known as: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Richard Bryant (Principal investigator) ,  Dr Karen Salmon

Brief description The aim of this project is to develop the means to identify acute reactions to trauma that will predict chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children after a traumatic injury. This project will conduct the first prospective analysis of acute stress disorder and chronic traumatic stress symptoms in children, develop diagnostic guidelines to identify acutely traumatized children who are at risk of PTSD, and identify biological, cognitive, and familial factors that mediate PTSD development following trauma. Two hundred children (aged 7 - 12 years) who are admitted to hospital following a traumatic injury will be assessed for acute disorder within one month of the accident. They will be also be assessed for heart rate, blood pressure, memory patterns, and family responses during the initial assesment. Parents will also be assessed for their trauma reactions. All participants will be re-assessed at 6-months posttrauma, and again at 18-months posttrauma. These findings will establish the means to identify acutely traumatized children who are at risk of PTSD and open up opportunities for early intervention and prevention of PTSD.

Funding Amount $AUD 125,000.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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