Narrative fragmentation in child sexual abuse: the role of age and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Summary: Assesses the effects of age and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on narrative fragmentation in memories for child sexual abuse (CSA), by analysing the lexical complexity, cohesion and coherence of allegations within a group of 86 children, aged 4-17, who were victims of CSA. Finds that age played an important role in establishing narrative coherence; PTSD was related to narrative coherence and cohesion. Highlights how narrative fragmentation could be an effective diagnostic tool for understanding the effects of PTSD in children.

Authors: Sarah Miragoli, Elena Camisasca and Paola Di Blasio
Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.73), November 2017, pp 106-114
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