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J Pers Soc Psychol. 1988 Aug;55(2):279-85.

Coping, locus of control, social support, and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: a prospective study.

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Department of Mental Health, Medical Corps, Israel Defense Forces.


We examined the relations between coping, locus of control, and social support and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The sample consisted of 262 Israeli soldiers who suffered a combat stress reaction episode during the 1982 Lebanon war and were followed 2 and 3 years after their participation in combat. Cross-sectional analyses revealed significant relations between locus of control, coping, and social support and PTSD at the two points of assessment. Changes in PTSD from Time 1 to Time 2 were also associated with changes in coping. We discuss theoretical and methodological implications of the findings.

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