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Attachment and coping as facilitators of posttraumatic growth in Turkish university students experiencing traumatic events

Attachment and coping as facilitators of posttraumatic growth in Turkish university students experiencing traumatic events
Attachment and coping as facilitators of posttraumatic growth in Turkish university students experiencing traumatic events
This study was designed to explore the role of attachment and coping as facilitators of posttraumatic growth (PTG) in a sample of Turkish university students who experienced traumatic life events. Participants who reported a traumatic event from a list were asked to choose the most distressing one; to answer questions related to the impact of the trauma; and to fill out measures of attachment styles, ways of coping, and PTG. PTG was regressed on gender, trauma-related factors, attachment styles, and coping styles in order to examine the associations with PTG. Felt helplessness and horror, fatalistic coping, and optimistic coping were significant predictors of PTG. Fatalistic coping partially mediated the relationship between attachment anxiety and PTG.
posttraumatic growth, attachment styles, coping styles
1529-9732
209-225
Arikan, Gizem
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Karanci, Nuray
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Arikan, Gizem
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Karanci, Nuray
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Arikan, Gizem and Karanci, Nuray (2012) Attachment and coping as facilitators of posttraumatic growth in Turkish university students experiencing traumatic events. [in special issue: Trauma, Attachment, and Intimate Relationships] Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 13 (2), 209-225. (doi:10.1080/15299732.2012.642746).

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This study was designed to explore the role of attachment and coping as facilitators of posttraumatic growth (PTG) in a sample of Turkish university students who experienced traumatic life events. Participants who reported a traumatic event from a list were asked to choose the most distressing one; to answer questions related to the impact of the trauma; and to fill out measures of attachment styles, ways of coping, and PTG. PTG was regressed on gender, trauma-related factors, attachment styles, and coping styles in order to examine the associations with PTG. Felt helplessness and horror, fatalistic coping, and optimistic coping were significant predictors of PTG. Fatalistic coping partially mediated the relationship between attachment anxiety and PTG.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 9 December 2011
Published date: February 2012
Keywords: posttraumatic growth, attachment styles, coping styles
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 338936
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338936
ISSN: 1529-9732
PURE UUID: d38a248d-dc66-4a58-9f8c-474886633367

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Date deposited: 21 May 2012 09:10
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:56

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