Preliminary validation of the peri-traumatic dissociation trauma drawing assessment (PDTDA): The case of military trauma

Neta Ram-Vlasov, Limor Goldner, Rachel Lev-Wiesel

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Abstract

The Peri-Traumatic Dissociative Traumatic Drawing Assessment (PDTDA) is an art-based assessment technique developed to evaluate peri-traumatic dissociation subsequent to traumatic events, based on the trauma resolution and time perception literature. To validate the PDTDA, associations between six drawing feature scales; namely, the participants’ peri-traumatic dissociation, persistent dissociation, post-traumatic stress symptoms and history of traumatic events were assessed in a sample of 49 Israeli adults who experienced military trauma. Bivariate correlation analyses indicated that peri-traumatic dissociation negatively correlated with the presence of a boundary line between the event and coping, but positively correlated with new distress symbols. A history of traumatic events negatively correlated with new resource symbols, whereas post-traumatic stress symptoms positively correlated with new distress symbols. The clinical implications are discussed in light of these preliminary findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-76
Number of pages9
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume62
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Art therapy
  • Drawings
  • Military trauma
  • Peri-traumatic dissociation
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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