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J Nerv Ment Dis DOI:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000842

Types of Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Academic Performance in a Population of University Students.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPereira, JL, Guedes-Carneiro, GMaria, Netto, LR, Cavalcanti-Ribeiro, P, Lira, S, Nogueira, JF, Teles, CA, Koenen, KC, Sampaio, AS, Quarantini, LC
Corporate AuthorsTrauma Anxiety Disorders Study Group- Universidade Federal da Bahia
JournalJ Nerv Ment Dis
Date Published2018 Jul

The aim of this work was to investigate the association between traumatic experiences and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the academic performance of university students. This is a one-phase study that included 2213 students, enrolled at one of seven college institutions in their first or final semesters in all programs, who filled out the self-response questionnaires. From this student population, 14% presented with PTSD, with 13.3% in their first semester and 14.9% in their final semester. The students who presented lower academic results (low scoring) had a higher prevalence of PTSD in both the first and final semesters. Nonsexual violence was related with low scoring in the first-semester students. Thus, we conclude that students in the PTSD group present worse academic performance. These results indicate a need to pay attention to students who have been through traumatic experiences and gone on to develop PTSD, to ensure their undergraduate success and enable their future performance as professionals.


Alternate JournalJ. Nerv. Ment. Dis.
PubMed ID29905661