ICD-11 trauma questionnaires for PTSD and complex PTSD: Validation among civilians and former abducted children in Northern Uganda

Sarah Bøgelund Dokkedahl, Henry Oboke, Emilio Ovuga, Ask Elklit

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Objectives: ICD-11 is expected to introduce a new diagnosis of C-PTSD, along with a revision of the current PTSD diagnosis. Are the suggested diagnostic tools for PTSD and C-PTSD valid in a developing country?
Method: The tools have been tested on former abducted and regular civilians in northern Uganda (n=314), who have been influenced by the civil war that lasted for more than two decades.
Results: The prevalence of either PTSD or C-PTSD was 36.6% and PTSD and C-PTSD was further found to correlate with symptoms of depression, anxiety and somatic complaints.
correlate with symptoms of depression, anxiety and somatic complaints.
Conclusion: Based on its findings the study concludes that the ICD-11 tools for PTSD and C-PTSDboth appear to be valid as suggested by both discriminant and convergent validation of the tools. However, future research can benefit from studying cultural aspects of these diagnoses.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1000335
JournalJournal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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