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Psych professor publishes new research on posttraumatic stress

David A. Sandberg

David A. Sandberg

  • August 18, 2010 5:00am

The Journal of Trauma & Dissociation published new research from David A. Sandberg, professor of psychology.

In his paper, “Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Posttraumatic Stress and Dissociation”, Sandberg writes, “This study examined whether K. Bartholomew's (1990) self-report dimensions of adult attachment (secure, dismissing, preoccupied, and fearful) mediate or moderate links from victimization/abuse to posttraumatic stress and dissociation. Participants were 199 college women with and without a history of childhood physical abuse, childhood sexual victimization, and adolescent/adult sexual victimization. Path analysis revealed no significant mediation effects for attachment; however, hierarchical multiple linear regression indicated that dismissing attachment moderated the link between victimization/abuse and posttraumatic stress (i.e., the relationship was strongest for women with high dismissing scores). All 4 attachment dimensions uniquely predicted posttraumatic stress, whereas only fearful attachment uniquely predicted dissociation.”


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