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.
|Commitee:||Segrist, Dan, Pomerantz, Andrew|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Emotion, Guilt, PTSD, Regulation, Trauma|
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