Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6496

Date

2019

Date of Award

8-8-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

McDevitt-Murphy Meghan

Committee Member

Jiang Xu

Committee Member

Howell Kathryn

Abstract

While PTSD has been the primary focus of the trauma literature, some studies have investigated posttraumatic changes, such as posttraumatic growth (PTG), but research has not clearly defined the relation between PTSD and PTG. Insufficient research has investigated the relationship between PTG and substance misuse. Consequently, this study aims to contribute to this literature by further investigating the relations between PTG and PTSD and substance misuse and assess PTG as a moderator of the relation between PTSD symptoms and substance misuse among young adults (N = 167). PTG was positively correlated with both PTSD symptoms and drinking consumption, and among substance users, PTG moderated the hypothesized relation, such that at those who reported high PTSD symptoms reported the highest substance misuse at high PTG. Though not conclusive, these results increase understanding of posttrauma responses and merit further investigation among those experiencing greater distress, heavier substance users, and older adults.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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