Hyland, Philip, Shevlin, Mark, Adamson, Gary and Boduszek, Daniel (2015) Irrational beliefs in posttraumatic stress responses: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy approach. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 20 (2). pp. 171-188. ISSN 1532-5024

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The current study aimed to test a key theoretical prediction of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy theory by assessing the role of general and trauma-specific irrational beliefs in the prediction of posttraumatic stress responses. A sample (N = 313) of trauma-exposed emergency service workers participated in the study. Structural equation modelling results demonstrated that an REBT-based model provided satisfactory model fit and explained 89% of variance in posttraumatic stress symptomology. Theoretical predictions were supported with results demonstrating that general-level irrationality indirectly impacted posttraumatic stress responses via a set of trauma-specific irrational beliefs. Results indicate the importance of irrational beliefs in predicting posttraumatic stress responses.

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