Posttraumatic stress symptoms in college students: An examination of the association with emotion regulation, posttraumatic growth, and nonsuicidal self-injury

Hari, Cayla S. (2018) Posttraumatic stress symptoms in college students: An examination of the association with emotion regulation, posttraumatic growth, and nonsuicidal self-injury. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Danielle Maack from Psychology, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms, nonsuicidal self-injury, emotion regulation, and posttraumatic growth in college students. One-hundred and fifty-three participants, aged 18-57, completed self-report measures about their experiences with posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), emotion regulation (ER), posttraumatic growth (PTG), and potentially traumatic events (PTEs). In line with hypotheses, results indicated a significant positive correlation between PTSS and both NSSI and PTG. Contrary to predictions, no significant relation was seen between ER and PTG and ER did not moderate the relationship between PTSS and PTG. A post hoc correlational analysis assessing potential trauma categories with relation to NSSI demonstrated that experiencing sexual assault, other unwanted sexual advance, and non-specific “other” events had a significant positive relation with NSSI. Overall, this study contributes to the literature replicating a relation between PTSS, NSSI and PTG. However, with findings from this sample not showing a relationship between ER and PTG or supporting the moderation effect of ER with PTSS and PTG more research is needed to further understanding in this area.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hari, Cayla S.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Psychology
Thesis Advisor: Danielle Maack
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Cayla Hari
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 19:54
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 19:54
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1206

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