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Title: Left hand preference is related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Authors: Choudhary, Carolyn J
O'Carroll, Ronan
Contact Email: cjc2@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD
Handedness
left handedness
laterality
symptoms
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons / International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Citation: Choudhary CJ & O'Carroll R (2007) Left hand preference is related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20 (3), pp. 365-369.
Abstract: Previous studies have found an increased incidence of mixed/left handedness in male combat veterans and children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This study examined lateral preference and screened for possible PTSD using a self-completion instrument in a general population sample (N=596). Fifty-one individuals met all criteria for possible diagnosis of PTSD and, significantly, this group contained relatively more left handers; this effect was associated with strong left-handedness, rather than weak or mixed handedness. Left handers were found to have significantly higher scores in arousal symptoms of PTSD. This study extends previous findings to a civilian population and to women and suggests the association with left handedness may be a robust finding in people with PTSD.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1183
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jts.20222
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Affiliation: University of Stirling
Psychology

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