The link between death anxiety and post-traumatic symptomatology during terror: Direct links and possible moderators

Y Hamama-Raz, M Mahat-Shamir, S Pitcho-Prelorentzos, A Zaken, UY David, M Ben-Ezra, YS Bergman

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Abstract

The current wave of terrorism which is taking place in Israel is characterized by increased arbitrary attacks by individual terrorists, acting independently, with reduced ability to anticipate when and where the next attack will take place. This situation creates an atmosphere of fear and insecurity in the lives of many citizens. Accordingly, the current study aims to establish a connection between death anxiety and PTSD symptom severity, as well as to examine whether major personality characteristics may moderate this connection. Using an online survey, 429 adult participants were recruited, and filled out death anxiety and PTSD symptomatology scales, as well as a short version of the Big Five personality scale. Findings revealed that death anxiety was a significant predictor of posttraumatic symptom severity, as were personality characteristics. Moreover, two personality traits, emotional stability and conscientiousness, moderated the association between death anxiety and PTSD symptomatology. The importance of death anxiety as a factor which is associated with PTSD symptomatology is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume245
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Big Five personality traits
  • Death anxiety
  • PTSD symptomatology
  • Terror

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