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102. ASSOCIATION BETWEEN TRAUMA EXPERIENCES, FUNCTIONING AND PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOM SEVERITY IN PSYCHOSIS.
Trauma history is prevalent in people that experience psychosis, yet previous findings provide mixed results regarding the impact of comorbid trauma in this vulnerable population. We hypothesized trauma exposure would be associated with poorer functioning and more severe psychiatric symptoms.
Eighty-eight participants receiving services at the UC Davis Early Psychosis Program were recruited as part of an ongoing study (ages 12-34, M=19.34, SD= 4.26, 60.7% male, 23% Hispanic). We examined relationships between clinician-rated symptoms (BPRS) and functioning (GFS,GFR,GAF) and trauma exposure, evaluated via retrospective chart review.
Forty-six percent of participants reported at least one traumatic event. Compared to those without trauma history, individuals with trauma had higher depression symptoms at baseline (p=0.014). Unexpectedly, trauma history was not associated with positive, negative or mania symptoms, or functioning at baseline.
Preliminary analyses suggest comorbid trauma is associated with more severe depression in early psychosis, highlighting the need for trauma screening to guide treatment in early psychosis populations. Future analyses will examine associations between number of traumatic experiences and/or type of trauma and baseline symptoms.