Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Christopher A. Kearney
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
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Resilience following exposure to adverse life situations is an ongoing process that reduces the impact of traumatic experiences and opens potential for posttraumatic growth (Fincham, Altes, Stein, & Seedat, 2009; Luthar, Cicchetti, & Becker, 2000). The relationship between resilience and risk for PTSD in maltreated youth, however, remains unclear. This study sought to explore this relationship by examining a sense of mastery, a sense of relation to others, and emotional reactivity in youth endorsing a history of maltreatment related trauma. Participants were recruited from a Las Vegas Department of Family Services affiliated clinic and were administered the Children’s PTSD Inventory (CPTSD-I) and the Resiliency Scale for Children and Adolescents (RSCA). A demographic questionnaire was also administered. Youth reporting high levels of the RSCA resource score reported lower symptoms of PTSD. A significant inverse relationship was also found between a sense of mastery and PTSD symptoms for all maltreatment types. Trauma type and the number of trauma exposures did not significantly moderate the relationship between the resource score and PTSD symptoms. Youth with higher levels of emotional reactivity reported increased PTSD symptoms compared to youth with lower levels of emotional reactivity. Implications are discussed.
Adolecents; Maltreatment; PTSD; Resilience; Trauma; Youth
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Day, Timothy, "Examining Resilience In Relation to PTSD Symptomatology In Maltreated Youth" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2530.
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