a1 School of Psychology, University of New South Wales and Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Acute stress responses were investigated in head injured (N = 38) and non-head injured (N = 38) motor vehicle accident victims immediately following their trauma. Results indicated that amnesia of the traumatic event was associated with less acute post-traumatic stress, intrusive symptoms, perceived injury, and fear of future risk. A proportion of head injured patients reported intrusive and avoidance symptoms despite being amnesic of their trauma. Findings are discussed in terms of the differential post-traumatic adjustment of head injured and non-head injured traumatized patients.
c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Richard A. Bryant, School Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.