Mental Illness : A Structural Equation Model Essay

815 Words Sep 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Angelique Howington
September 17, 2015
Dr. Ribeiro
Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior 

O’Hare, T., Shen, C., & Sherrer, M. V. (2015). Lifetime abuse and self-harm in people with severe mental illness: A structural equation model. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, And Policy, 7(4), 348-355. doi:10.1037/tra0000016
Article Review People with severe mental illness (SMI) generally have experience with an extreme trauma over their lifetime (Muesser et al., 1998). There is a high percentage of people in the sample of this experiment, 29% to 43%, that have post traumatic stress disorder than the general public which is a smaller percentage of 8% (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). In this research, they were looking to see if abuse and self harm were correlated with psychiatric symptoms. 
 Content of Review When it comes to abuse whether physical, emotional, or sexual it generally leads to trauma for the person who has endured the abuse. In this experiment physical and sexual abuse were the two types of trauma that were looked at closely. People with history of these types of abuse can lead to having a severe mental illness (SMI), which includes schizophrenia spectrum, major mood disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. For this study clients reported their abuse and the results were 44.7% had childhood sexual assault and 18.3 had physical assault (Muesser et al., 1998). With these samples many reported that these assaults…

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