Greater avoidance behavior in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

@article{Sheynin2017GreaterAB,
  title={Greater avoidance behavior in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.},
  author={Jony Sheynin and Christine Shind and Milen L Radell and Yasheca Ebanks-Williams and Mark W. Gilbertson and Kevin D. Beck and Catherine Myers},
  journal={Stress},
  year={2017},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={285-293}
}
While avoidance is a core symptom of PTSD, little is known about whether individuals with PTSD show a general cognitive bias to acquire and express avoidance, in situations not related to trauma or fear. Here, we used a computer-based task to examine operant acquisition and extinction of avoidance in participants with and without severe self-reported PTSD symptoms. A total of 119 participants (77 male, 42 female; 74 veteran, 45 civilian) with symptoms (PTSS; n = 63) or with few/no symptoms… CONTINUE READING
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