Portions of this paper were presented at the meetings of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, Nevada (November, 2002).
An experimental study of emotional responding in women with posttraumatic stress disorder related to interpersonal violence†
Article first published online: 30 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2004 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 17, Issue 3, pages 241–248, June 2004
How to Cite
Orsillo, S. M., Batten, S. V., Plumb, J. C., Luterek, J. A. and Roessner, B. M. (2004), An experimental study of emotional responding in women with posttraumatic stress disorder related to interpersonal violence. J. Traum. Stress, 17: 241–248. doi: 10.1023/B:JOTS.0000029267.61240.94
- Issue published online: 30 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 30 JUN 2005
- emotional responding;
- facial expression
Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined by the experience of intense negative emotions and emotional numbing (American Psychiatric Association, 1994), empirical study of emotional responding in PTSD has been limited. This study examined emotional responding among women with and without PTSD to positive and negative film stimuli across self-reported experience, facial expression, and written expression. Consistent with previous findings, no evidence for generalized numbing was found. In general, women with PTSD exhibited higher levels of negative activation and expressed more negative emotion words to both positive and negative film stimuli, whereas no group differences emerged in facial expressivity. Results are interpreted within the context of the current literature on emotional deficits associated with PTSD.