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Tractenberg S.G.,Grande Rio University | Viola T.W.,Grande Rio University | Rosa C.S.O.,Grande Rio University | Donati J.M.,Grande Rio University | And 4 more authors.
Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria | Year: 2012

Objective: To determine the occurrence of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a sample of women addicted to crack cocaine type. Method: The sample comprised 99 women, between 18 and 52 years admitted to a detoxification unit and extensively assessed by SCID-I and ASI-6. Results: There was a trauma exposure rate of 86.9% among women addicted to crack cocaine type. The rate of PTSD in the sample was 15.1%. The clusters of experiencing and hyper arousal were the most frequent, 24.4% and 20.9% respectively. Among the types of events reported most frequently were suffering assault/physical abuse and witnessing violence to others. Conclusion: The results suggest a frequent exposure to traumatic events. With regard to age of the traumatic experience, it is suggested that users exposed to trauma during childhood and adolescence showed a beginning drug use at earlier ages than those whose trauma occurred in adulthood.

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