Brown Bag Series: Confirmatory Factor Analysis of PTSD Checklist in Persons with Serious Mental Illness by Weili Lu

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom Meeting - Virtual

Brown Bag Lecture Series

This presentation will evaluate the factor structure of the PTSD Checklist (PCL; Blanchard, Buckley, Forneris, & Jones-Alexander, 1996) in two large samples of persons with severe mental illness, including 1144 persons from five eastern states participating in a seroprevalence study of infectious disease, and 1021 persons from New Jersey who were screened for a treatment study for trauma. Five models of the structure of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in the PCL were tested using confirmatory factor analyses. The results indicate that a four-factor model composed of intrusion, avoidance, numbing, and hyper-arousal demonstrated the best fit. The findings provide some support for the conceptualization of four-symptom-clusters of PTSD in the DSM-5 in people with serious mental illness. Clinical implications and future directions will be discussed.

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Weili Lu, Ph.D., CRC,is an Associate Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Lu was a co-investigator, project manager, and assessment supervisor for a RCT funded by NIMH on Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in People with Severe Mental Illness: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus a Brief Intervention (R01 MH064662). She is the PI for a recently completed RCT funded by NIDILRR, Treating hidden barriers to employment: Integrated treatment for PTSD in Supported Employment (NIDILRR Grant # H133G140040). She has published extensively on the topic of PTSD among persons with serious mental illness. Dr. Lu is a recent grantee of a NIDILRR field initiated grant, titled, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Enhance Educational Outcomes Among Students with Psychiatric Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education (Year 2020-2023).

Join us remotely via webinar! Go to:

https://zoom.us/j/91786995620?pwd=ZGtsVzIvakNRTGkwSkJUVjYwRjhjUT09

     

Who to contact:

Colleen McDermott

colleen.mcdermott@gse.rutgers.edu