Search for a curvilinear relationship between the sense of coherence and the intensity of PTSD in MVA survivors

Izabela Ewelina Kaźmierczak , Jan Strelau , Bogdan Zawadzki


The relationship between the sense of coherence (SOC) and the intensity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was examined in order to determine its nature and to resolve the inconsistencies between (1) a growing body of empirical research that indicates a linear relationship between these variables, and (2) the schema-based theories of PTSD that suggest a curvilinear relationship between cognitions and the intensity of PTSD. In this cross-sectional study an attempt was also made to identify some psychological factors that moderate this relationship. Participants were a sample of 1132 motor vehicle accident (MVA) survivors. The results showed that gender and temperamental predisposition to PTSD constituted moderator variables of the relationship between SOC and the intensity of PTSD. This supported both the empirical evidence on the linear and negative relationship between SOC and the intensity of PTSD and the theories that postulated the curvilinear relationship.
Author Izabela Ewelina Kaźmierczak (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
Izabela Ewelina Kaźmierczak,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Jan Strelau (Wydział Psychologii)
Jan Strelau,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Bogdan Zawadzki (Wydział Psychologii)
Bogdan Zawadzki,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesAnxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, ISSN 1061-5806, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishsense of coherence; posttraumatic stress disorder; temperament; gender differences; exposure to trauma
ASJC Classification2738 Psychiatry and Mental health; 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3203 Clinical Psychology; 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
DOIDOI: 10.1080/10615806.2011.618224
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2012 = 1.09; WoS Impact Factor: 2012 = 2.108 (2) - 2012=2.424 (5)
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