Joseph, Jeremy S.; Gray, Matt J.
December 2010
Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association;Winter2010, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p38
Academic Journal
Individuals who generate internal attributions (e.g., "self-blame") for traumatic events may experience greater distress than those who believe the trauma was unrelated to their actions. To date, much of the research on post-traumatic attributions has been conducted on White populations. However, there appears to be a disparity in PTSD levels between ethnic groups. In this study, the impact of attributional style was compared between White and African American college students (n = 146). It was found that internal attributions for experienced traumatic events were significantly associated with PTSD among African American participants only. However, the opposite pattern occurred for overall attributional style. Differences in magnitude of association as a function of ethnicity were found to be statistically significant. These results are considered in light of Lerner and Miller's (1978) just world theory.


Related Articles

  • Women's Narratives of Trauma: (Re)storying Uncertainty, Minimization and Self-Blame. Brown, Catrina // Narrative Works;Spring2013, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p1 

    Women's stories of trauma often reveal uncertainty, minimization, and self-blame. This paper explores community-based research findings on women's narratives illustrating powerful, yet uncertain, stories of chronic, multiple, and severe trauma. This paper argues that 1) research needs to...

  • Trauma and memory. Bisson, Jonathan I. // British Journal of Psychiatry;Jun2014, Vol. 204 Issue 6, p494 

    The author shares his views about experiencing trauma and mentions topics including the processing of most traumatic experiences through a normal response, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma-focused psychological treatment.

  • Un modelo de los efectos del abuso sexual infantil sobre el estrés post-traumático: el rol mediador de las atribuciones de culpa y afrontamiento de evitación.  // Psicothema;feb2011, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p66 

    No abstract available.

  • Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale i Posttraumatski stresni poremećaj. Sarač -- Hadžihalilović, Aida; Dilberović, Faruk; Kučukalić, Abdulah // HealthMed;Sep2007, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p82 

    Aim of our research is to exam cognitive functions persons with PTSD diagnosis. Results of last researches and theoretical definitions clearly shows that deficit exist on cognitive functions as memory, attention, initiation and inhibition. As a material for construction of this stady we tested...

  • Lifetime exposure to traumatic events among a sample of city bus drivers. Brunet, Alain; Boyer, Richard // Psychological Reports;Dec98 Part 2, Vol. 83 Issue 3, p1155 

    Presents data of lifetime exposure to traumatic events among a representative sample of city bus drivers from Montreal, Canada. Need for epidemiological research to devote more effort to assess fully the lifetime prevalence of traumatic events and not only cases of posttraumatic stress...

  • Initial evaluation of the secondary trauma questionnaire. Motta, Robert W.; Kefer, Joshua M. // Psychological Reports;Dec99 Part 1, Vol. 85 Issue 3, p997 

    Evaluates the reliability and validity of the Secondary Trauma Questionnaire, a method for assessing secondary traumatic stress disorder. Internal consistency of the questionnaire and significant correlation with known measures of trauma; Example of the Secondary Trauma Questionnaire.

  • After shock. Whigham-Déesir, Marjorie // Heart & Soul;Dec2001/Jan2002, Vol. 8 Issue 10, p47 

    Focuses on the advice given by experts regarding techniques to identify symptoms of the post-traumatic stress disorder and overcome the trauma. Description of the disorder; Identification of symptoms of the disorder; Higher susceptibility of women and the Afro-American community to the disease;...

  • Victimization and PTSD-like states in an Icelandic youth probability sample. Bödvarsdóttir, Íris; Elklit, Ask // BMC Psychiatry;2007, Vol. 7, p51 

    Background: Although adolescence in many cases is a period of rebellion and experimentation with new behaviors and roles, the exposure of adolescents to life-threatening and violent events has rarely been investigated in national probability studies using a broad range of events. Methods: In an...

  • Offending behaviour: the role of trauma and PTSD. Ardino, Vittoria // European Journal of Psychotraumatology;2012, Vol. 3, Special section p1 

    The article discusses various papers on the role of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), published within the issue, including a study on the link between trauma and antisocial behavior, and another study on physical violence from childhood caregivers or parents.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics