Anger and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in crime victims: A longitudinal analysis

Orth, Ulrich; Cahill, Shawn P.; Foa, Edna B.; Maercker, Andreas (2008). Anger and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in crime victims: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(2), pp. 208-218. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association 10.1037/0022-006X.76.2.208

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Among trauma-exposed individuals, severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms is strongly correlated with anger. The authors used 2 longitudinal data sets with 282 and 218 crime victims, respectively, to investigate the temporal sequence of anger and PTSD symptoms following the assault. Cross-lagged regression analyses indicated that PTSD symptoms predicted subsequent level of anger, but that anger did not predict subsequent PTSD symptoms. Testing alternative models (common factor model, unmeasured 3rd variable model) that might account for spuriousness of the relation strengthened confidence in the results of the cross-lagged analyses. Further analyses suggested that rumination mediates the effect of PTSD symptoms on anger.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0022-006X

Publisher:

American Psychological Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:16

Last Modified:

15 Jan 2015 08:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1037/0022-006X.76.2.208

Web of Science ID:

000254539400004

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.33950

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/33950 (FactScience: 199684)

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