Predictors of nonpathological dissociation in Northern Ireland: the effects of trauma and exposure to political violence

Dorahy, Martin J. and Lewis, Christopher Alan and Millar, Robert G. and Gee, Travis (2003) Predictors of nonpathological dissociation in Northern Ireland: the effects of trauma and exposure to political violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 16 (6). pp. 611-615. ISSN 0894-9867

Abstract

Recent work has identified an empirical distinction between pathological and nonpathological dissociation. This study examined the correlates of nonpathological dissociation in a Northern Irish sample. The Dissociative Experiences Scale, the Traumatic Experiences Checklist, the Guilt Inventory, and the General Health Questionnaire, as well as two open-ended questions assessing exposure to political violence were completed by 119 participants. Nonpathological dissociation was predicted by age, perceived impact of traumatic events, and adherence to moral standards. Moreover, dissociation was found to be significantly higher in those exposed directly to political violence and those experiencing childhood emotional abuse. Results are consistent with previous theoretical and empirical work and it is proposed that nonpathological dissociation is related to traumatic experience in Northern Ireland.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Mrs Melissa Jarick
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2010 12:13
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 05:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: nonpathological dissociation; trauma; political violence; Northern Ireland
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1023/B:JOTS.0000004087.27216.24
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7720

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