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Journal of Depression and Anxiety
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Does Prior Trauma Predict Negative Posttraumatic Appraisal in Motor Vehicle Accident Survivors?

Hiroko Noguchi1, Daisuke Nishi2,3, Yoshiharu Kim4, Takako Konishi5 and Yutaka Matsuoka1,2*
1Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Translational Medical Center, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawa-Higashi, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
2Department of Psychiatry, National Disaster Medical Center, 3256 Midori-cho, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
3Department of Mental Health Policy and Evaluation, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawa-Higashi, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
4Department of Adult Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawa-Higashi, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
5Department of Human Studies, Musashino University, 3-3-3 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
*Corresponding Author : Yutaka Matsuoka
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Received June 01, 2013; Accepted August 14, 2013; Published August 20, 2013
Citation: Noguchi H, Nishi D, Kim Y, Konishi T, Matsuoka Y (2013) Does Prior Trauma Predict Negative Posttraumatic Appraisal in Motor Vehicle Accident Survivors? J Depress Anxiety S4:003. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.S4-003
Copyright: © 2013 Noguchi H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Psychological investigation by Ehlers and Clark in 2000 suggested that negative posttraumatic appraisal is associated with the development and maintenance of posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In their cognitive model of PTSD, they propose that prior trauma predicts negative posttraumatic appraisal. Meta-analyses have shown that prior trauma is also one of the predictors of PTSD. Negative posttraumatic appraisal might then mediate the relationship between prior trauma and PTSD, but this hypothesis has yet to be examined. The aim of this study was to examine whether prior trauma predicts negative posttraumatic appraisal, through a secondary analysis of the Tachikawa Cohort of Motor Vehicle Accident Study data. The final sample with complete data at 1 and 6 months post-motor vehicle accident (MVA) comprised 96 patients. Negative posttraumatic appraisal was assessed using the post traumatic Cognitions Inventory at 1 month and 6 months post-MVA. Total number of prior traumas reported by the participants was assessed at 1 month post-MVA. After controlling for confounding variables, multiple regression analysis showed that number of prior traumas was a significant predictor of negative  posttraumatic appraisal at 1 month post-MVA (B=2.84, p= .02, 95% CI [.44, 5.24]), but not at 6 months post-MVA (B=2.10, p=0.20, 95% CI [-.96, 5.15]). The hypothesis tested was partly supported given that number of prior traumas had a significant effect on negative appraisal in the early phase among MVA survivors, but prior trauma failed to predict posttraumatic appraisal at the chronic phase.

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