Complex PTSD has frequently been put forward to describe the impact of more severe forms of traumatic experiences, including childhood sexual abuse. In ICD-11, the diagnosis of Complex PTSD requires that in addition to the requirements for PTSD that there is evidence of disturbances in affect regulation, negative self-concept and difficulties in relationships. This study recently published in Psychological Medicine found that the 1 month prevalence of Complex PTSD was higher than PTSD (12.6% versus 8.0%) among a large sample of UK police officers. Exposure to humiliating behaviours and sexual harassment were significant predictors of Complex PTSD.
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