How do personal characteristics impact on risk for PTSD?

Personal characteristics, such as level of education, can influence one’s degree of risk for developing PTSD. How such personal characteristics may affect the development of PTSD would be influenced by other personal characteristics as well as differences in the trauma experience itself.

What is the evidence for education level on risk for PTSD?

Moderate to high quality evidence found a small effect of fewer years of education increased the risk of PTSD in women following childbirth.

Moderate to low quality evidence found having a higher education was associated with more PTSD in children exposed to earthquakes but having a lower level of education was associated with more PTSD in adults exposed to earthquakes.

Moderate quality evidence found no effect of education on risk of PTSD in people with a traumatic brain injury.

August 2021

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