Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Christopher A. Kearney
Number of Pages
Symptoms associated with the development and maintenance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were examined in a diverse group of maltreated adolescents. The first hypothesis was that levels of PTSD symptomatology, depression, dissociation, anger, and maladaptive cognitions were expected to significantly differ among African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Multiracial adolescents. The second hypothesis was that ethnicity was expected to significantly moderate a relationship between (1) severity of PTSD as measured by symptomatology, and (2) the expression of related symptoms (i.e., depression, dissociation, anger, and maladaptive cognitions). Regarding hypothesis one, African-Americans reported less depressive symptoms overall than other ethnic groups, with Caucasians and Hispanics appearing fairly similar, and Multiracial individuals reporting the most symptoms. African-American and Multiracial ethnic statuses were moderators in the relationship between PTSD and depression. Assessment and clinical recommendations pertaining to trauma in diverse youths were provided.
Differences; Disorder; Ethnic; Maltreated; Posttraumatic; Related; Respect; Stress; Symptoms; Youths
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Lemos-Miller, Amie Marie, "Ethnic differences among maltreated youths with respect to posttraumatic stress disorder and related symptoms" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1780.