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Life within a limited radius: Investigating activity space in women with a history of child abuse using global positioning system tracking

Friedmann, Franziska; Santangelo, Philip 1; Ebner-Priemer, Ulrich 1; Hill, Holger 1; Neubauer, Andreas B.; Rausch, Sophie; Steil, Regina; Müller-Engelmann, Meike; Kleindienst, Nikolaus; Bohus, Martin; Fydrich, Thomas; Priebe, Kathlen
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Abstract (englisch):

Early experiences of childhood sexual or physical abuse are often associated with functional
impairments, reduced well-being and interpersonal problems in adulthood. Prior studies
have addressed whether the traumatic experience itself or adult psychopathology is linked
to these limitations. To approach this question, individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and healthy individuals with and without a history of child abuse were investigated.
We used global positioning system (GPS) tracking to study temporal and spatial limitations
in the participants’ real-life activity space over the course of one week. The sample consisted
of 228 female participants: 150 women with PTSD and emotional instability with a history
of child abuse, 35 mentally healthy women with a history of child abuse (healthy trauma
controls, HTC) and 43 mentally healthy women without any traumatic experiences in their
past (healthy controls, HC). Both traumatized groups—i.e. the PTSD and the HTC group—
had smaller movement radii than the HC group on the weekends, but neither spent significantly
less time away from home than HC. Some differences between PTSD and HC in
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Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000119761
Veröffentlicht am 26.05.2020
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232666
Zitationen: 2
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1932-6203
KITopen-ID: 1000119761
Erschienen in PLOS ONE
Verlag Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Band 15
Heft 5
Seiten Article no: e0232666
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 11.05.2020
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