Title

Posttraumatic stress symptoms and well-being following relationship dissolution: Past trauma, alexithymia, suppression

Source of Publication

Psychiatric Quarterly

Abstract

To investigate whether posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from past trauma, alexithymia and suppression would impact on the experience of Posttraumatic Stress symptoms (PTSS) and psychological well-being following romantic relationship dissolution. One hundred and eighty-nine participants completed questionnaires measuring PTSD, alexithymia, suppression, PTSS and psychological well-being. The results showed that following relationship dissolution, higher levels of intrusion and avoidance (PTSS) and lower levels of psychological well-being were associated with PTSD from past trauma. Difficulty describing feelings was associated negatively with intrusion; difficulty identifying feelings was associated positively with psychological well-being. Suppression was associated negatively with avoidance. To conclude, PTSD from past traumas was related to PTSS symptoms and poor psychological well-being. Alexithymia and suppression were also related to the above outcomes but in a symptom-specific manner. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media.

Document Type

Article

First Page

155

Last Page

176

Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI

10.1007/s11126-013-9280-4

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