Reactions to trauma research among women recently exposed to a campus shooting

Thomas A. Fergus, Mandy M. Rabenhorst, Holly K. Orcutt, David P. Valentiner
2011 Journal of Traumatic Stress  
Subjective and objective reactions to writing and reading a narrative of their experiences after having been recently exposed to a campus shooting were examined in 58 women. Posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety symptoms, and physical exposure to the shooting were considered in relation to laboratory indices. The latter used a multimethod approach to index distress; these included subjective (self-report) and objective (heart rate, skin conductance, and cortisol) components. Consistent with
more » ... prior research, reports of symptoms were significantly positively correlated with subjective distress (r ranged from .35 to .45), but only posttraumatic stress symptoms uniquely predicted subjective distress in regression analyses (partial r = .33). Objective distress, however, was not significantly related to any participant measure. Finally, a clear majority (85%) of participants reported they would participate in the study again. Points of convergence and divergence with prior studies are discussed.
doi:10.1002/jts.20682 pmid:22095776 pmcid:PMC3896231 fatcat:w4sa3j7orfgerewzaani43xbju