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Anger, Guilt and Shame as Mediators in the Relationship Between war Experiences and PTSD: Testing the Moderating Role of Child Soldier Status

Murphy, Siobhan, Elklit, Ask, Dokkedahl, Sarah and Mark, Shevlin (2016) Anger, Guilt and Shame as Mediators in the Relationship Between war Experiences and PTSD: Testing the Moderating Role of Child Soldier Status. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 10 . [Journal article]

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DOI: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/DOI: 10.1007/s40653-016-0124-x

Abstract

Previous research has identified strong associations between war experiences and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Few studies, however, have explored the underlying mechanisms of these associations in an integrated model. This study explored whether feelings of anger, shame, and guilt mediated the effects of war experiences and PTSD and if this association is heightened in former child soldiers from Northern Uganda. Nearly 40% of the sample were former child soldiers (N = 122), and 189 were civilians. A total of 35.5% met the proposed ICD-11 criteria for PTSD. Findings indicated previous war experiences were directly associated with PTSD. Anger and guilt were significant mediators of this effect, child soldier status did not moderate the mediated effects. This study provides an alternative framework of assessing the association between trauma and PTSD using a sample of young adults exposed to mass conflict.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Posttraumatic stress disorder, Former child soldiers, Anger, Guilt, Shame, Moderated mediation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:36456
Deposited By: Professor Mark Shevlin
Deposited On:21 Dec 2016 09:50
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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