The Organization and Content of Trauma Memories in Survivors of Road Traffic Accidents

This paper investigates the trauma narratives of 131 road traffic accident survivors prospectively, at 1 week, 6 weeks, and 3 months post-trauma. At 1 and 6 weeks, narratives of survivors with acute stress disorder (ASD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were less coherent and included more dissociation content. By 3 months, their narratives also contained more repetition, more non-consecutive chunks, and more sensory words. Traumatic brain injury was associated with a separate characteristic, confusion, at all 3 time points. Three aspects of narrative organization at 1 week—repetition, non-consecutive chunks, and coherence—predicted PTSD severity at 3 months after controlling for initial symptoms. Results suggest both a strong concurrent and predictive relationship between narrative disorganization and ASD/PTSD but that as people recover from ASD, their narratives do not necessarily become less disorganized.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Elsevier
  • Authors:
    • Jones, Charlie
    • Harvey, Allison G
    • Brewin, Chris R
  • Publication Date: 2007-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 151-162
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  • Accession Number: 01051974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2007 3:41PM