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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hadder, James Michael
Author's Email Address jhadder@vt.edu
URN etd-09122008-145853
Title The Mediational Role of Resource Loss between Residential Fire Exposure and Psychological Distress
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, Russell T. Committee Chair
Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Member
Winett, Richard A. Committee Member
  • Resource Loss
  • Residential Fire
  • PTSD
Date of Defense 2008-08-18
Availability unrestricted
The relationship between exposure to trauma and the development of both Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and general distress has been widely discussed in the empirical literature. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the specific processes through which trauma exposure leads to distress. This lack of research is particularly apparent in research involving residential fire. The purpose of this study is to examine the extent to which the four types of resource loss (object resource loss, condition resource loss, personal characteristics resource loss, and energy resource loss) mediate the relationship between fire exposure and total distress (as well as intrusion and avoidance symptom clusters). Additionally, total resource loss (a sum of the four types of resource loss) will be examined as a fifth potential mediator. The sample consists of 120 children (mean age = 12.31, SD = 2.83) exposed to residential fire who were interviewed three months after their experience. The proposed mediational analyses were explored through use of regression techniques. With regard to the relationships that showed the necessary significant correlations to perform mediational analyses, the findings of the current investigation provided some preliminary evidence for the mediational role of object resource loss and total resource loss (though these results generally failed to retain significance under the Bonferroni correction). Furthermore, the role of resource loss in the development and maintenance of PTSD was supported. Implications for future research and clinical intervention are discussed.
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