Korean J Biol Psychiatry.  2005 Nov;12(2):159-164.

Temperament and Charcater Dimensions of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Burn Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea. hambj@chollian.net
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
The aim of this study was to evaluate the temperament and character profiles of the patients with posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD) after burn injury.
METHODS
The study subjects consisted of 23 PTSD patients after burn injury, 24 patients not being diagnosed as PTSD after burn injury(non-PTSD) and 53 healthy controls. The assessment of PTSD was performed using clinician administered PTSD scale. All participants were instructed to complete the Temperament and Character Inventory(TCI), the Beck Depression Inventory and the State and Trait Anxiety Inventory of Spielberger.
RESULTS
The PTSD group after burn injury, compared with the non-PTSD group and the normal controls, had the higher novelty seeking and harm avoidance scores. But there were no differences in other dimensions in the TCI among the three groups.
CONCLUSION
The results of this study suggest that the PTSD group after burn injury showed the specific properties of temperament and character compared with the non-PTSD group and the normal group.

Keyword

Posttraumatic stress disorder; Temperament and character inventory; Burn
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