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Title: MECHANISMS OF TRAIT WORRY AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) SYMPTOMS IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Authors: CHEN YIN EN EUGENIA
Keywords: Trait worry
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Coping strategies
Trauma-related cognitions
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2019
Citation: CHEN YIN EN EUGENIA (2019-12-04). MECHANISMS OF TRAIT WORRY AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) SYMPTOMS IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study aimed to establish an understanding of the relationship between trait worry and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms by investigating its underlying mechanisms. The two mediators through which trait worry was hypothesised to associate with PTSD symptoms were: types of coping strategies (problem-focused, emotion-focused, and avoidant) and trauma-related cognitions (negative cognitions about the self, world, and self-blame). A total of 161 university students completed an online questionnaire, and a final sample of 59 participants who qualified for Criterion A (trauma exposure) of DSM-5 PTSD were included in data analyses. Trait worry was not significantly associated with PTSD symptoms in the current sample, after controlling for demographic variables in a regression analysis. Mediation analyses using the PROCESS macro did not support the role of types of coping strategies as mediators in the relationship between trait worry and PTSD symptoms. However, there was partial support for trauma-related cognitions as mediators. Of interest, the indirect effect of trait worry on PTSD symptoms through negative cognitions about the self was significant (approximately .17 with a 95% CI of .04 to .33). This study thus points to negative cognitions about the self as a potential target for PTSD prevention and treatment in individuals with high levels of trait worry.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/157729
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