Consistency of retrospective reporting about exposure to traumatic events

  • Krinsley K
  • Gallagher J
  • Weathers F
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Abstract

Lifetime exposure to traumatic events was assessed by means of a multimethod protocol applied to 76 male military veterans. Consistency of retrospective reporting was determined for physical and sexual assault and abuse, accidents, disasters, combat and warzone experiences, serious illness or injury, and hazardous duty. Findings demonstrate that respondents are generally consistent in reporting traumatic events, although the majority report more events upon reevaluation. Reporting about traumatic events shows some variation as a function of the life epoch in which events occurred, whether they were directly or indirectly experienced, and the type of trauma involved. Discussion addresses memory-related processes triggered by trauma evaluation or tied to characteristics of events themselves as potential sources of inconsistency.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Consistency of reporting
  • Evaluation of Lifetime Stressors
  • Memory for traumatic events
  • Trauma assessment
  • Traumatic event characteristics

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