The Relationship between Religiosity, PTSD, and Depressive Symptoms in Veterans in PTSD Residential Treatment

Volume
Volume 40
Issue
Winter 2012
Title
The Relationship between Religiosity, PTSD, and Depressive Symptoms in Veterans in PTSD Residential Treatment
Abstract

Veterans who have experienced traumatic events may develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. These traumatic experiences and their sequelae can lead Veterans to question their religious and spiritual faith. Studies with community samples have identified positive and negative associations between religiosity and depression; however, research on religiosity is lacking in the area of PTSD. Our study aimed to evaluate the relationship between religiosity, PTSD, and depressive symptoms in Veterans enrolled in PTSD residential treatment. Significant associations between religiosity, PTSD, and depressive symptoms were observed. Contrary to our hypothesis, higher levels of extrinsic-social religious motivation were associated with lower severity of PTSD and depressive symptoms. A more negative concept of God was associated with higher severity of PTSD and depressive symptoms, whereas, a more positive concept of God was associated with lower severity of depressive symptoms and was not significantly associated with PTSD symptoms. Evaluating religiosity in patients may be an important area to address in PTSD and depression treatment. These findings and clinical implications are addressed.

Authors
C. T. Tran, Dr. E. Kuhn, Dr. R. D. Walser and Dr. K. D. Drescher
Pages
313 - 322
Price
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