Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 4 Issue: 1

Risk and Resilience Variables as Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress and Growth: A Longitudinal Media-Based Study

Samantha C. Horswill* and R. Nicholas Carleton
University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada
Corresponding author : Samantha C. Horswill
Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0A2
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 26, 2014 Accepted: October 21, 2014 Published: October 28, 2014
Citation: Horswill SC, Carleton RN (2014) Risk and Resilience Variables as Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress and Growth: A Longitudinal Media-Based Study. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 4:1. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.1000138

Abstract

 Risk and Resilience Variables as Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress and Growth: A Longitudinal Media-Based Study

Not everyone exposed to a traumatic event develops posttraumatic stress symptoms; as such, identifying predispositional variables (i.e., risk and resilience factors) associated with such symptoms would be clinically advantageous. Most experimental investigations of posttraumatic stress symptoms have been necessarily retrospective, making causal determinations of predispositional variables difficult. Proof-of-concept research has supported using media imagery as a useful analogue for exploring predispositional risk factors for posttraumatic stress.

Keywords: Posttraumatic stress; Posttraumatic growth; Vulnerability; Resilience; Media

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