Suspicious Minds at Risk? The Role of Meaning in Processing War and Peacekeeping Experiences
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 61–81, January 2011
How to Cite
Schok, M. L., Kleber, R. J., Lensvelt-Mulders, G. J. L. M., Elands, M. and Weerts, J. (2011), Suspicious Minds at Risk? The Role of Meaning in Processing War and Peacekeeping Experiences. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 61–81. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00702.x
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine meaning as a mediator between perceived threat and posttraumatic stress responses among a sample of 1,561 veterans who participated in war or peacekeeping operations. Data were collected by questionnaire. Path analysis was performed to assess the expected relationships between the observed variables. Meaning in terms of distrust and personal benefits partially mediated the relation between perceived threat and posttraumatic stress responses. Distrustful beliefs about others and the world were strongly associated with perceived threat, as well as intrusive and avoidant thoughts. Creating meaning in terms of a positive worldview appears to be an important mission after military deployment.