Traumatic events and physical health in a New Zealand community sample

Ross A. Flett, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Nigel R. Long, Carol MacDonald, Michelle Millar

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Traumatic event exposure and physical health were examined in a community-residing sample of 1,500 New Zealand adults. Half (51%) reported past traumatic event exposure, 9% reported recent (past 12 months) trauma exposure, and 40% reported no exposure. After adjusting for gender, ethnic, and age differences, those experiencing crime and accident trauma exhibited significantly deteriorated physical health, as measured by current physical symptoms, chronic medical conditions, and chronic limitations in daily functioning. Further research is required to assess the influence of traumatic events on the physical health among adults from other countries, and to evaluate the factors that may mediate or moderate this relationship for different subgroups of the New Zealand population. Limitations of this study are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnicity
  • Health
  • New Zealand
  • Traumatic stress

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Flett, R. A., Kazantzis, N., Long, N. R., MacDonald, C., & Millar, M. (2002). Traumatic events and physical health in a New Zealand community sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 15(4), 303-312.