Emotional Regulation

Alexithymia Predicts Posttraumatic Growth and Distress After Trauma

February 27, 2017
Journal of Loss and Trauma

The present study sought to investigate how alexithymia (a deficit in identifying and describing emotions) may hinder the development of posttraumatic growth (PTG) and contribute to ongoing distress. Participants were 250 undergraduate college students who had experienced a highly stressful event in the past six months. Regression analyses were conducted to examine how alexithymia contributes to PTG and distress in addition to other known predictors. Analyses revealed that alexithymia was a significant negative predictor of PTG, and a significant positive predictor of distress. It was also found that Difficulty in Identifying Feelings was the alexithymia component that best predicted PTG and distress.

Read the Article “Alexithymia Predicts Posttraumatic Growth and Distress After Trauma” https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2017.1284468

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