The Sensory Profile of People With Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms

Batya Engel-Yeger, Dafna Palgy-Levin, Rachel Lev-Wiesel

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Abstract

Thirty participants with post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms and 30 healthy controls completed the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale (PSS-SR) and the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile (AASP). Participants with PTS symptoms vacillated between sensory sensitivity, sensation avoiding, and low registration. Sensation avoiding and low registration correlated with intrusive thoughts related to PTS. Discriminant Analysis classified 73% of the study group and 80% of the controls. PTS may be related to hypersensitivity and low registration. Further studies about the sensory profile of people with PTS symptoms may contribute to research and optimize evaluation and intervention for people with PTSD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-278
Number of pages13
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • post-traumatic stress
  • sensory processing
  • sensory sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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