Neuropsychological functioning in posttraumatic stress disorder following forced displacement in older adults and their offspring

Lena Jelinek*, Charlotte E. Wittekind, Steffen Moritz, Michael Kellner, Christoph Muhtz

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate neuropsychological performance in an untried trauma sample of older adults displaced during childhood at the end of World War II (WWII) with and without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as transgenerational effects of trauma and PTSD on their offspring. Displaced older adults with ( n=20) and without PTSD ( n=24) and nondisplaced healthy individuals ( n=11) as well as one of their respective offspring were assessed with a large battery of cognitive tests (primarily targeting memory functioning). No evidence for deficits in neuropsychological performance was found in the aging group of displaced people with PTSD. Moreover, no group difference emerged in the offspring groups. Findings may be interpreted as first evidence for a rather resilient PTSD group of older adults that is available for assessment 60 years after displacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-589
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume210
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Memory
  • Neuropsychology
  • PTSD

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