Evoked death-related thoughts in the aftermath of terror attack: The associations between mortality salience effect and adjustment disorder

Lia Ring, Osnat Lavenda, Yaira Hamama-Raz, Menachem Ben-Ezra, Shani Pitcho-Prelorentzos, Udi Y. David, Adi Zaken, Michal Mahat-Shamir

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Abstract

ICD-11 has provided a revised definition for adjustment disorder (AjD). The current study examined whether mortality salience effect, a possible consequence of a terror attack, may serve as a significant predictor associated with each of the AjD subscales. Using an online survey, 379 adult participants were recruited and filled out self-reported questionnaires dealing with adjustment disorder symptoms as well as mortality salience effect. Findings revealed that mortality salience effect was a significant predictor of all AjD subscales. The importance of mortality salience effect for AjD is discussed in light of terror management theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-71
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume206
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ICD-11
  • adjustment disorder
  • mortality salience effect
  • terror attack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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