The Importance of Self-Worth in the Emergence of PTSD Symptoms: Differences between age groups

Omar, N. (2017) The Importance of Self-Worth in the Emergence of PTSD Symptoms: Differences between age groups.

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Abstract:Experiencing traumatic events can lead to post-traumatic stress disorders. On the basis of former literature it was assumed that different age groups would differ in the severity of PTSD symptoms. Moreover, one’s world assumptions, especially the perception of self-worth, were found to be related to the severity of PTSD symptoms. The goals of the current study were thus to determine if self-worth mediated the relationship between age groups and the severity of PTSD symptoms and if significant differences in severity of PTSD symptoms could be found between groups. The data that was used for the analysis contained 1165 respondents who looked for help at Centrum ‘45. To measure their self-worth the World Assumption Scale was used. The severity of PTSD symptoms was measured by means of the Zelf Inventatisatielijst. The amount of experienced traumatic events was examined by means of the LIFE questionnaire. Contrary to expectations, the analyses showed that the elderly had more self-worth and displayed less arousal symptoms of PTSD than adults. However, the differences were small. Supportive to previous literature, self-worth turned out to be negatively related to the severity of PTSD symptoms. Besides, self-worth was found to mediate the relation between age groups and increased arousal.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
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Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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