Hypnotizability and trauma symptoms after burn injury

K. N. DuHamel, J. Difede, F. Foley, M. Greenleaf

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This study investigated the association of trauma symptoms and hypnotizability in 43 hospitalized survivors of burn injury. Three to 17 days after the injury, participants rated the frequency of intrusive and avoidance symptoms and were interviewed with the posttraumatic stress disorder module of the Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-III-R. The Hypnotic Induction Profile was also administered at the postburn, hospital stage of recovery. Results indicated that when participants were divided into low, mid-range, and high hypnotizability categories, high hypnotizability was associated with more intrusive, avoidance, and arousal symptoms. Although causal relations cannot be assessed in this cross-sectional study, these results suggest that, as compared to the low and mid-range categories, high hypnotizables may experience a greater frequency of trauma symptoms after burn injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


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