Thought suppression mediates the relationship between negative mood and PTSD symptom severity in sexually assaulted women


Rosenthal, M. Zachary, Cheavens, Jennifer S., Lynch, Thomas R. and Follette, Victoria (2006) Thought suppression mediates the relationship between negative mood and PTSD symptom severity in sexually assaulted women. [in special issue: Special Section on Dissemination] Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, (5), 741-745. (doi:10.1002/jts.20162). (PMID:17075920).

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Description/Abstract

Sexually victimized individuals often report chronic attempts to avoid unpleasant internal experiences (e.g., thoughts, emotions, memories) as a means of affect regulation. The aim of this study was to expand upon previous findings by examining the relationships among negative mood, thought suppression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a sample of adult women with a history of sexual assault after age 14 and assault-related intrusions in the past week. Chronic thought suppression partially mediated the relationship between negative mood and PTSD symptom severity after covarying the use of worry to control unpleasant thoughts. Findings extend previous studies and suggest that chronic thought suppression may help explain the link between negative mood and PTSD.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0894-9867 (print)
1573-6598 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
ePrint ID: 194127
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2011 09:26
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:44
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/194127

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