Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 587–599 | Cite as

Reliability of Reports of Violent Victimization and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Men and Women With Serious Mental Illness

  • Lisa A. GoodmanEmail author
  • Kim M. Thompson
  • Kevin Weinfurt
  • Susan Corl
  • Pat Acker
  • Kim T. Mueser
  • Stanley D. Rosenberg


Although violent victimization is highly prevalent among men and women with serious mental illness (SMI; e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder), future research in this area may be impeded by controversy concerning the ability of individuals with SMI to report traumatic events reliably. This article presents the results of a study exploring the temporal consistency of reports of childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual abuse, and adult physical abuse, as well as current symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 50 people with SMI. Results show that trauma history and PTSD assessments can, for the most part, yield reliable information essential to further research in this area. The study also demonstrates the importance of using a variety of statistical methods to assess the reliability of self-reports of trauma history.

reliability measures trauma exposure serious mental illness schizophrenia 


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© International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa A. Goodman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kim M. Thompson
    • 1
  • Kevin Weinfurt
    • 2
  • Susan Corl
    • 3
  • Pat Acker
    • 3
  • Kim T. Mueser
    • 4
  • Stanley D. Rosenberg
    • 4
  1. 1.Counseling Psychology ProgramSchool of Education, Boston CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryGeorgetown UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore
  4. 4.Dartmouth Medical School and New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterHanover

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