Attributional Style and Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Mario Mikulincer, Zahava Solomon*

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This study examined the relations of attributions for good and bad events on the one hand and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the other. The sample consisted of 262 Israeli soldiers who suffered a combat stress reaction episode during the 1982 Lebanon War and were followed 2 and 3 years after their participation in combat. Cross-sectional analyses revealed significant relations between attributions and PTSD at the two points of assessment. Changes in PTSD from Time 1 to Time 2 were also associated with changes in attribution. Theoretical and clinical implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-313
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1988


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