Acute intrusive and avoidant PTSD symptoms as predictors of chronic PTSD following burn injury
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Several studies have endeavored to learn if acute PTSD symptoms are predictive of chronic PTSD, with equivocal results. In the present study, acute intrusive and avoidant PTSD symptoms were analyzed as possible predictors of chronic PTSD following burn injury. Results showed that baseline IES scores, within one week of injury, were significantly different for those who were later diagnosed with chronic PTSD. Additional analyses, undertaken to assess the relative importance of each symptom group in predicting chronic PTSD, indicated that both the presence, per se, and severity of acute avoidant symptoms predicted chronic PTSD.