Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Quality of Life in Women

  • C. S. Rodgers
  • C. B. Allard
  • P. Wansley
Reference work entry


The primary purpose in this chapter is to provide the reader with an overview of the current state of the literature on quality of life ( QOL) in women who have been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD). First we will review the criteria for the diagnosis of PTSD and the  prevalence of  trauma exposure and PTSD in the general population. Next we will examine the impact of trauma exposure and PTSD on QOL. Gender differences in PTSD and trauma exposure will be explored and possible explanations for these differences will be presented. Attention will then be focused on the impact of trauma exposure and PTSD on health and QOL in women. Specifically, we will review existing research on QOL in women with PTSD. We will summarize the QOL measures used in the studies reviewed and will examine patterns that emerge in the relationship between PTSD and QOL in this literature. Finally, we suggest areas for focus in future research on QOL in this vulnerable group.


Intimate Partner Violence Ptsd Symptom Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Trauma Exposure Intimate Partner Violence Victim 
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List of Abbreviations:


Clinician Aadministered PTSD scale


the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, followed by IV indicates the fourth edition


Impact of Events Scale


Interpersonal Violence


statistical mean or average


Mental subscales of the WHOQOL


Major Depressive Disorder


Medical Outcomes Study 20-item Short-Form Health Survey


post traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist


the version for a specific trauma


the civilian version


physical subscale of the WHOQOL


prolonged exposure therapy


Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index


Post traumatic Stress Disorder


quality of life


QOL inventory


Quality of Well-Bbeing


socioeconomic status


Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey


Department of Veteran's Affairs; WHOQOL, World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Rodgers
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • C. B. Allard
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Wansley
    • 4
  1. 1.VA San Diego Healthcare SystemCAUSA
  2. 2.University of California San DiegoCAUSA
  3. 3.VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental HealthCAUSA
  4. 4.VA San Diego Healthcare System, Mission Valley Outpatient Services (116A4Z)CAUSA

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