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The mediating role of early maladaptive schemas in the relationship between childhood traumatic events and complex posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in older adults (>64 years)

  The current study investigated the mediating role of Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMS) in the association between childhood trauma and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) symptom severity in a clinical sample of 42 older adults (>64 years). It was found that EMS total score mediated the relationship between childhood trauma and CPTSD symptom severity. Two second order schema factors (Disconnection; Impaired Autonomy) also had a mediating role in this relationship. Results provide preliminary support for the utility of interventions targeting EMS, particularly in the domains of Disconnection and Impaired Autonomy, in order to alleviate CPTSD symptoms. Future research is required to replicate these results within larger samples and to examine the efficacy of schema and cognitive interventions within trauma exposed older adults.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    06 September 2019

  • Publication Status:

    In Press

  • DOI:

    10.1080/15325024.2019.1661598

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1080/15325024.2019.1661598

  • ISSN:

    1532-5024

  • Library of Congress:

    RA790 Mental health

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    616.8 Nervous & mental disorders

  • Funders:

    NHS Education Scotland

Citation

Vasilopoulou, E., Karatzias, T., Hyland, P., Wallace, H., & Guzman, A. (in press). The mediating role of early maladaptive schemas in the relationship between childhood traumatic events and complex posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in older adults (>64 years). Journal of Loss and Trauma, https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2019.1661598

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Keywords

childhood trauma; complex PTSD (CPTSD); older adults; early maladaptive schemas (EMS); disconnection; impaired autonomy

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