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Coping and Posttrauma Cognitions on PTSD in a Combat-trauma Population

About the Course

Individual differences in cognitive processes and coping behaviors play a role in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Given the large numbers of combat-exposed service members returning from the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi
Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) conflicts, exploring individual differences in cognitive-affective processes is important for informing our understanding of PTSD etiology and early intervention in military samples. The present study examined the unique main and interactive effects of negative posttrauma cognitions (i.e., negative beliefs about self [NS], the world [NW], and self-blame [SB]) and coping strategies (i.e., positive behavioral, positive cognitive, avoidant coping, and social and emotional coping) on PTSD diagnosis within 155 (Mage = 30.7, SD = 4.48) OEF/OIF/OND combat trauma-exposed veterans recruited from an ongoing study examining the effects of combat trauma and stress reactivity.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Relation Between Coping and Posttrauma Cognitions on PTSD in a Combat-trauma Population created by Christina M. Sheerin. Ph.D., et al. in 2018.

Publication Date:

Mil Psychol. 2018 ; 30(2): 98–107. Apr 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Christina M. Sheerin. Ph.D.

Christina M. Sheerin. Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her program of research centers on the characterization of biologic, genetic, and psychosocial underpinnings of the effects of trauma, primarily post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder (AUD), and related processes such as fear conditioning, extinction, and generalization.

Nadia Chowdhury

Nadia Chowdhury received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has an extensive background working as a clinical research coordinator at both Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics and VCU’s Massey Cancer Center. She is now working at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Mackenzie Lind, M.D., Ph.D.

Mackenzie Lind, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed her Ph.D. in psychiatric, behavioral and statistical genetics in 2017. She also studied at the University Helsinki-Institute of Biomedicine in Helsinki, Finland, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults, and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the research to date regarding the association between negative posttrauma cognitions and coping strategies in individuals with PTSD.
  2. Summarize how negative posttrauma cognitions and coping strategies were associated in the current study.
  3. List why some of the associations (or lack of) noted in this study may be specific to the military sample investigated.

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