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Dorthe Berntsen

Life Stories and Trauma: Are youth more likely to integrate traumas into their life stories than adults are?

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Research has shown a connection between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and integration of traumatic experiences into the life story. Furthermore, empirical evidence suggests that life story formation begins in mid to late adolescence. Following these findings, the present study investigated whether experiencing trauma in youth was associated with a greater risk to integrate the trauma into the life story compared to adult traumatic exposure. Life stories were collected from 115 participants recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk. Moreover, participants filled out questionnaires regarding traumatic exposure, PTSD, and centrality of a traumatic event. The following key questions were investigated: 1) Did participants who experienced traumatic events in youth, show more PTSD-symptoms than participants with adult traumatic exposure? 2) Did participants with traumatic exposure in youth more often integrate the trauma into their life story? Results will be discussed in relation to theories of development of life stories and of PTSD.
Udgivelsesår21 jun. 2018
StatusUdgivet - 21 jun. 2018
BegivenhedAutobiographical Memory and the Self - Radisson Blu, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 20 jun. 201821 jun. 2018


KonferenceAutobiographical Memory and the Self
LokationRadisson Blu

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