Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Aspects of Spirituality as Moderators in the Relationship between Trauma Exposure and Trauma Symptoms
by Chase-Brennan, Kimberly B., Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2013, 153; 3569189
Abstract (Summary)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) are physiological and psychological symptoms known to arise in the aftermath of trauma. Although lifetime prevalence of trauma capable of resulting in PTSD is 50-90%, lifetime prevalence of PTSD is eight percent, indicating that there may be factors that protect against the development of such symptoms. Spirituality has been implicated as a possible moderator; spirituality may play a protective or restorative role in lessening the relationship between trauma exposure and trauma symptoms. The purpose of this quantitative research was to examine the moderating role of different aspects of spirituality, including cognitive orientation to spirituality, the experiential/phenomenological dimensions of spirituality, and religiousness, on the relationship between trauma exposure and trauma symptoms when such symptoms are defined to include both PTSD and DESNOS. Data collected from members of the general adult population using a cross-sectional online survey design indicated that the cognitive orientation to spirituality and the experiential/phenomenological dimension of spirituality both significantly moderated the relationship between trauma exposure and DESNOS symptoms; both of these aspects of spirituality buffer the strength of the relationship between trauma exposure and DESNOS symptoms. Religiousness was not found to moderate the relationship between trauma exposure and DESNOS, and none of the aspects of spirituality moderated the relationship between trauma exposure and PTSD. These findings add to what is currently known about the protective role of spirituality, provide additional data on the differences between PTSD and DESNOS symptoms, and set the stage for further research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parks-Stamm, Elizabeth
Commitee: Circo, Deborah
School: Northcentral University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Posttraumatic stress syndrome, Spirituality, Trauma exposure
Publication Number: 3569189
ISBN: 978-1-303-04715-2
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