Perceived trauma during hospitalization and treatment participation among individuals with psychotic disorders

Diana Paksarian, Ramin Mojtabai, Roman Kotov, Bernadette Cullen, Katie L. Nugent, Evelyn J. Bromet

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Abstract

Objective: This study assessed the association of perceptions of traumatic experiences during psychiatric hospitalizations and treatment participation. Methods: Participants (N5395) in the Suffolk County Mental Health Project, who had been admitted for the first time for a psychotic disorder ten years earlier, were interviewed. The authors examined associations of perceived trauma and distressing or coercive experiences during hospitalizations in the past ten years with patient characteristics and treatment participation. Results: Sixty-nine percent of participants reported perceived trauma. Perceived trauma wasmore commonamong females versusmales and homemakers versus full-time workers. It was not associated with treatment seeking or time in treatment. However, reporting forced medication was associated with reduced time in treatment, especially for persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Conclusions: Although perceptions of trauma during psychiatric hospitalization were common, they may be unrelated to treatment participation. However, there was modest evidence of a link between coercive experiences and reduced treatment time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-269
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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