Coping, Locus of Control, Social Support, and Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Prospective Study

Zahava Solomon, Mario Mikulincer, Ehud Avitzur

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Abstract

We examined the relations between coping, locus of control, and social support and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 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 locus of control, coping, and social support and PTSD at the two points of assessment. Changes in PTSD from Time 1 to Time 2 were also associated with changes in coping. We discuss theoretical and methodological implications of the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1988

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