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Post-traumatic stress disorder and quality of life in sexually abused Australian children

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2013, 00:00 authored by Elena GospodarevskayaElena Gospodarevskaya
The study used publicly available data on post-traumatic stress disorder in a sample of the Australian population with a history of sexual abuse to demonstrate how this evidence can inform economic analyses. The 2007 Australian Mental Health Survey revealed that 8.3% of 993 adolescents experienced childhood sexual abuse, of which 40.2% were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis corresponded to a significant loss of quality of life. Survival analysis was used to estimate the lifetime persistence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The average time between post-traumatic stress disorder onset and remission was 11.4 years. Results suggest that successful treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder will save 2.05 quality adjusted life years per child or adolescent with post-traumatic stress disorder.

History

Journal

Journal of child sexual abuse

Volume

22

Issue

3

Pagination

277 - 296

Publisher

Routledge

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1547-0679

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis