Psychological distress in childhood trauma survivors who abuse drugs

Martha A. Medrano, John P. Hatch, William A. Zule, David P. Desmond

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Abstract

The relationships between the level of childhood maltreatment and current psychological distress were examined in a community sample of 676 substance abusing men and women using a validated self-report instrument (the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire) designed to measure physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and physical and emotional neglect. Current levels of self-reported psychological distress/symptoms were measured using a 53-item Brief Symptom Inventory. Prevalence of early trauma ranged from 44% for emotional neglect to 65% for sexual abuse. The severity of all forms of childhood maltreatment were directly associated with current psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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Substance-Related Disorders
Survivors
Sex Offenses
Psychology
Wounds and Injuries
Self Report
Equipment and Supplies
Surveys and Questionnaires
Physical Abuse

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Psychological distress in childhood trauma survivors who abuse drugs. / Medrano, Martha A.; Hatch, John P.; Zule, William A.; Desmond, David P.

In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2002, p. 1-13.

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Medrano, Martha A. ; Hatch, John P. ; Zule, William A. ; Desmond, David P. / Psychological distress in childhood trauma survivors who abuse drugs. In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2002 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 1-13.
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