Child sexual abuse experiences mediate the relationship between poverty and posttraumatic stress disorder

Steven J. Collings1
1Department of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cite this article:  Collings, S. (2012). Child sexual abuse experiences mediate the relationship between poverty and posttraumatic stress disorder. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 983-984.

Volume 40 Issue 6 | e2730 | Published: July 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.6.983

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There is a growing body of evidence from developing countries which suggests there is an association between poverty and risk of common mental disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Patel & Kleinman,2003). With respect to the mechanisms underlying this relationship, it is far from clear whether poverty exerts a direct influence on PTSD outcomes (i.e., over and above individual factors such as trauma exposure) as suggested by some researchers (Rockers, Kruk, Saydee, Varpilah, & Galea, 2010) or poverty is a riskfactor for traumatic experiences (Townsend & Dawes, 2004), with such traumatic experiences in turn serving as determinants of PTSD.

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