Psychological distress in childhood trauma survivors who abuse drugs.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA.
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Impact Factor: 1.55). 02/2002; 28(1):1-13. DOI: 10.1081/ADA-120001278
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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.

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