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Examining the Associations among Trauma Type, Symptom Severity, Race, Gender, and Help-Seeking Behaviors
by Norman, Shervonti, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 37; 27956417
Abstract (Summary)

The American Psychiatric Association (2013) defines a traumatic event as “exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence” (p. 271) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) literature has explored whether specific trauma types are more relevant to demographic variables such as race and gender. The present study aimed to add to existing trauma literature by investigating how trauma type interacts with PTSD symptom severity, race, and gender and how those interactions affect intention to engage in help-seeking behaviors. A sample of 226 college-aged participants completed an online, anonymous Qualtrics survey. Results indicated that individuals that have experienced physical (non-sexual) trauma and multiple trauma types and experienced higher PTSD symptom severity showed higher likelihood to engage in help-seeking behaviors. These results suggested that different trauma types may impact an individual’s intention to engage in help-seeking behaviors especially when experiencing higher PTSD symptom severity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ro, Eunyoe
Commitee: Segrist, Dan, Pomerantz, Andrew
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Help-seeking behaviors, Trauma, Trauma types
Publication Number: 27956417
ISBN: 9798645476748
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