This research was supported by Grant 5 RO1 MHO45669 National Institute of Health, NIMH Office of AIDS Research. Special thanks to Dr. Kristin Mickelson who provided helpful suggestions and feedback on the manuscript prior to submission.
The role of protective self-cognitions in the relationship between childhood trauma and later resource loss†
Article first published online: 29 MAR 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 264–273, April 2010
How to Cite
Walter, K. H., Horsey, K. J., Palmieri, P. A. and Hobfoll, S. E. (2010), The role of protective self-cognitions in the relationship between childhood trauma and later resource loss. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 264–273. doi: 10.1002/jts.20504
- Issue published online: 19 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 29 MAR 2010
The authors examined a prospective model investigating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and protective self-cognitions (self-esteem and self-efficacy) with later resource loss among 402 inner-city women who experienced childhood abuse. They predicted that women with PTSD may fail to develop or sustain protective self-cognitions that could protect against future stress. Results from the hypothesized model suggest that child abuse was associated with greater PTSD symptoms and later resource loss. PTSD symptoms were also related to protective self-cognitions, which, in turn, were associated with less resource loss. The authors also examined an alternative model exploring the relationship between resource loss and later PTSD symptoms. Findings allude to the relationship of risk and resiliency variables among women with childhood trauma histories.