Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Christopher Kearney

Second Committee Member

Michelle Paul

Third Committee Member

Murray Millar

Fourth Committee Member

Wendy Hoskins

Number of Pages



Research on childhood posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has increased over the past decade. Youth who experience maltreatment are more likely to exhibit symptoms of PTSD. At present, the literature largely focuses on youth who have experienced general trauma or PTSD symptoms, while maltreated youth are understudied. To date, no studies have examined the psychometric properties of the Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale (A-DES) or the Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (PTCI) in a sample of maltreated youth. Predictors of childhood PTSD for maltreated youth remain unknown. The present study was the first research study to date to examine the factor structures of the A-DES and PTCI in a sample of maltreated youth. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to identify predictive factors in these measures. Predictors of PTSD symptom clusters were identified and compared to the factors found in the original normative samples and the existing literature. Novel factors emerged as important predictors of PTSD symptom clusters and our new models best predicted PTSD in our maltreated sample. Findings suggest important implications for research and clinical assessment and prevention of childhood PTSD in maltreated youth.


PTSD; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Youth; Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale (A-DES)


Clinical Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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1.7 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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