This research was supported in part by a grant to Patricia A. Resick from the National Institute of Mental Health (1-R01-MH55542).
Associations among disaster exposure, intimate relationship adjustment, and PTSD symptoms: Can disaster exposure enhance a relationship?†
Article first published online: 7 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 446–451, August 2010
How to Cite
Fredman, S. J., Monson, C. M., Schumm, J. A., Adair, K. C., Taft, C. T. and Resick, P. A. (2010), Associations among disaster exposure, intimate relationship adjustment, and PTSD symptoms: Can disaster exposure enhance a relationship?. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 446–451. doi: 10.1002/jts.20555
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 7 JUL 2010
This study examined associations among disaster characteristics, relationship adjustment, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology 9 months postdisaster in 205 women exposed to extensive flooding. Bivariately, threat/harm and loss exposure dimensions were related to each other but differentially related to relationship adjustment and PTSD symptoms. Results from structural equation modeling revealed a positive and significant direct association between threat/harm and PTSD symptoms. Conversely, loss was not significantly associated with PTSD symptoms, but was positively and significantly associated with relationship adjustment. Relationship adjustment was negatively and significantly related to PTSD symptoms. These data suggest that some aspects of disaster exposure can have a mobilizing and positive effect on intimate relationships. In turn, positive intimate relationships may buffer individuals against PTSD symptoms.