publication . Thesis . 2012

The Role of Social Support Seeking and Social Constraints on Psychological Outcomes After Trauma: A Social Cognitive Theory Perspective

Donlon, Katharine;
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  • Published: 02 May 2012
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) posits that survivors of a traumatic event have the ability to influence their own outcomes and do so most aptly when they perceive they can exert control over their outcomes. Posttraumatic growth outcomes are associated with a greater perception of controllability, while posttraumatic stress outcomes can be related to the lack of perceived control. In the context of the Virginia Tech shootings, several social factors were examined three months after the trauma (T1) and one year later (T2) to further explore the dynamic interplay between these factors and psychological outcomes. Social support seeking was conceptualized as both a co...
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free text keywords: social constraints, social support seeking, mass shootings, posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth
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