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Assessing PTSD-related Functional Impairment and Quality of Life

Darren W. Holowka and Brian P. Marx

in The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399066
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399066.013.0021

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Assessing PTSD-related Functional Impairment and Quality of Life

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Previous research has shown that PTSD is associated with impairments in functioning across a variety of domains and decrements in quality of life. In this chapter, we review the literature on the assessment of PTSD-related impairments in functioning and quality of life. We first discuss the importance of assessing PTSD-related impairments in quality of life and functioning. We then review some important methodological concerns related to the assessment of these constructs. Finally, we review some of the most commonly used assessment tools and discuss recent efforts to develop and validate a new assessment tool to assess PTSD-related functional impairment.

Keywords: trauma; posttraumatic stress disorder; functional impairment; quality of life; assessment

Article.  9950 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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