Personality predictors of injury-related posttraumatic stress disorder

James A. Fauerbach, John W. Lawrence, Chester W. Schmidt, Andrew M. Munster, Paul T. Costa

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This longitudinal, cohort study examined the effect of personality traits on the emergence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a recently traumatized, civilian, mixed-gender sample with significant injuries. Burn survivors (N = 70) were administered the NEO-Personality Inventory (NEO-PI) and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM III-R (SCID) at hospital discharge and readministered the SCID 4 and 12 months later. Overall, the sample of burn survivors scored significantly higher on neuroticism and exrtraversion and lower on openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness relative to a normative national sample. Furthermore, multivariate analysis of variance revealed that PTSD symptom severity groups (i.e., single symptom, multiple symptoms, sub-threshold PTSD, PTSD) were differentially related to neuroticism and exrtraversion. Planned comparisons indicated that neuroticism was higher and extraversion was lower in those who developed PTSD compared with those who did not develop PTSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-517
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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