Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Guilt Cognitions on Trauma Survivors and Emotion Regulation Strategies
by Hinshaw, Samantha, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 35; 27958022
Abstract (Summary)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that develops after experiencing a traumatic event (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Trauma-related guilt stems from the belief that the affected individual could or should have done, felt, or behaved differently during and/or after the traumatic event occurred (Kubany & Watson, 2003). This quasi-experimental study sought to investigate how trauma-related guilt might impact the severity of PTSD symptoms while accounting for poor emotion regulation, using online surveys to collect data. Correlational analysis demonstrated a strong negative correlation between high PTSD symptomology and high levels trauma-related guilt and regression analysis concluded the predictive power of guilt cognitions over PTSD symptoms to be statistically non-significant. These results suggest that as PTSD symptoms and emotion regulation improve, feelings of guilt associated with trauma will increase.

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
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Emotion, Guilt, PTSD, Regulation, Trauma
Publication Number: 27958022
ISBN: 9798645497927
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