Association of PTSD Symptoms With Asthma Attacks Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Mariana C. Arcaya, Sarah Lowe, Jean E. Rhodes, Mary C. Waters, S. V. Subramanian

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Abstract

The relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and asthma in the wake of natural disasters is poorly understood. Using pre- and postdisaster data (N = 405) from the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) project, we examined associations between PTSD symptoms, measured by the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R), and self-reported postdisaster asthma attacks. A 1-point increase in the IES-R avoidance score, which corresponded to one standard deviation change in this sample, was associated with double the odds of reporting an asthma attack or episode since the hurricane, 95% CI Revise spacing among characters: [1.22, 4.16]. Association with hyperarousal and intrusion symptoms was null. Further research using objective measures of asthma morbidity is needed; nevertheless, these findings may help inform postdisaster health services delivery and predisaster mitigation planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-729
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014

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Arcaya, M. C., Lowe, S., Rhodes, J. E., Waters, M. C., & Subramanian, S. V. (2014). Association of PTSD Symptoms With Asthma Attacks Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27(6), 725-729. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.21976
Arcaya, Mariana C. ; Lowe, Sarah ; Rhodes, Jean E. ; Waters, Mary C. ; Subramanian, S. V. / Association of PTSD Symptoms With Asthma Attacks Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors. In: Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2014 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 725-729.
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Arcaya, MC, Lowe, S, Rhodes, JE, Waters, MC & Subramanian, SV 2014, 'Association of PTSD Symptoms With Asthma Attacks Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors', Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 725-729. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.21976

Association of PTSD Symptoms With Asthma Attacks Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors. / Arcaya, Mariana C.; Lowe, Sarah; Rhodes, Jean E.; Waters, Mary C.; Subramanian, S. V.

In: Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 27, No. 6, 01.12.2014, p. 725-729.

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