WASHINGTON - People with lower intelligence before a traumatic experience are more likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, according to the first study to identify a cognitive risk factor for PTSD. Conversely, higher intelligence may protect against the development of PTSD. The research, conducted with 90 U.S. Army and Marine Corps Vietnam combat veterans, is to be published in the April issue of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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