The impact of severity of physical injury and perception of life threat in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in motor vehicle accident victims.

@article{Blanchard1995TheIO,
  title={The impact of severity of physical injury and perception of life threat in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in motor vehicle accident victims.},
  author={Edward B. Blanchard and Edward Hickling and N C Mitnick and Ann E Taylor and WDB. Loos and Todd C. Buckley},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={1995},
  volume={33 5},
  pages={529-34}
}
For 98 victims of recent (1 to 4 months post-accident) motor vehicle accidents who sought medical attention as a result of the accident, we obtained data on the extent of physical injury using blind ratings with the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS), as well as victims reports of their perceptions of how much danger they perceived at the time of the accident and the degree of life threat (fear of dying) they perceived. AIS scores significantly predicted (P < 0.01) development of post-traumatic… CONTINUE READING

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