Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 459–475

Traumatic experiences in psychiatric outpatients

  • Jonathan Davidson
  • Rebecca Smith

DOI: 10.1007/BF00974785

Cite this article as:
Davidson, J. & Smith, R. J Trauma Stress (1990) 3: 459. doi:10.1007/BF00974785


Fifty-four newly referred psychiatric outpatients were interviewed and a life history of severe traumatic experiences was taken. Forty-four gave a positive history, 17 of whom developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSS). Twelve met a past or current diagnosis of PTSD. Factors relating to the occurrence of PTSS included early trauma, more traumatic events, incest, perceiving the event as frightening, being physically injured, perceiving the event as being life threatening, seeing a physician, and being hospitalized. Age at trauma and differences between men and women are also discussed.

Key words

traumaPTSDpsychiatric outpatients

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Davidson
    • 1
  • Rebecca Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDirector of Psychiatric Outpatient Programs, Anxiety Disorder ProgramDurham
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurham