|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Left hand preference is related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder|
|Author(s):||Choudhary, Carolyn J|
|Keywords:||Posttraumatic Stress Disorder|
|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.|
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