This dissertation examined the relationship between dream content and post traumatic stress symptoms in veterans who have served after September 11, 2001. Ten subjects were drawn from a pool of male veterans age 18-30. Subjects had a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Subjects completed a Dream Rating Scale (DRS) detailing characteristics of their average dream over the past 4 weeks. Subjects were also administered the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening and Diagnostic Scale (PSDS). Analysis of the questionnaires concluded that eight of the subjects did not present any significant level of PTSD based on PSDS results. Using a Pearson Correlation Coefficient, the analysis of test results reflected a significant positive correlation between of PTSD symptoms and the presence of Family, Indoor Setting, and Friendliness dream content and a negative correlation between PTSD symptoms and the presence of Familiar Setting dream content. It is concluded that future research should be conducted with larger sample and a larger number of subjects with PTSD.
|Commitee:||Guay, Julie, Moon, Edward T.|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Dream, Military veterans, Post-9/11, Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)|
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