The study and data reported in this paper were part of a research project granted by the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC-90-2625-Z-002-033). The authors would like to thank Dr. Alan M. Steinberg for his English editorial help. Our gratitude also goes to the participating schools and their students, principals and teachers as well as those who have helped out data collection.
Social relations and PTSD symptoms: A prospective study on earthquake-impacted adolescents in Taiwan†
Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2009
Copyright © 2009 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Highlights of the ISTSS 2008 Annual Meeting
Volume 22, Issue 5, pages 451–459, October 2009
How to Cite
Wu, C.-H., Chen, S.-H., Weng, L.-J. and Wu, Y.-C. (2009), Social relations and PTSD symptoms: A prospective study on earthquake-impacted adolescents in Taiwan. J. Traum. Stress, 22: 451–459. doi: 10.1002/jts.20447
- Issue online: 19 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2009
This prospective longitudinal study examined two competing models, a traditional social support model and a supportive and detrimental social relations model, to clarify the association of PTSD symptoms with supportive and detrimental social relations. Seven-hundred five adolescents living near the epicenter of the Taiwan Chi-Chi Earthquake participated in the study. The models were evaluated and cross-validated using structural equation modeling. The supportive and detrimental social relations model appeared to be a better fit. After further evaluation of three nested versions of the supportive and detrimental social relations model, detrimental social relations was found to partially mediate the relationship between PTSD symptoms 1 and 2 years following the earthquake. The findings suggest that helping adolescents deal with detrimental social relations can contribute to postdisaster adjustment.