Response style and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a review

J Trauma Dissociation. 2005;6(3):105-23. doi: 10.1300/J229v06n03_05.


Response style is an important issue that is often not addressed when assessing or treating patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this paper, various response styles are discussed along with their relevance to clinical work and research with PTSD patients. Two of the most prevalent measures of response style, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS) scales are evaluated for use in assessing for PTSD. In addition, the Trauma Symptom Inventory's potential for use in evaluating response style is briefly discussed. Implications for future work and directions for future investigation are outlined.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • MMPI
  • Personality
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*