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Anxiety Stress Coping. 2009 Jan;22(1):117-27. doi: 10.1080/10615800802203751.

Proactive coping, gratitude, and posttraumatic stress disorder in college women.

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Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL, USA. lvernon@fau.edu

Abstract

This study investigated relationships among proactive coping, positive emotions, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity for 182 undergraduate women with trauma histories. Participants were administered the Life Events Checklist (LEC), PTSD Checklist, Proactive Coping Inventory, Proactive Attitude Scale, General Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale, and measures of posttrauma gratitude and emotional growth. An Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) with proactive coping, proactive attitude, and self-efficacy items indicated a one-factor solution. The proactive coping style factor and posttrauma gratitude were independently negatively associated with current PTSD symptom level, above and beyond the effects of trauma severity, trauma history, and time elapsed since the trauma. The implications of these results for future research and understanding of the development of PTSD and its treatment are discussed.

PMID:
18791902
DOI:
10.1080/10615800802203751
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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