External locus-of-control partially mediates the association between cumulative trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress

Leaded by Dr. Atilola, we found three important findings in a recent study of the ICMH-SG across ten countries:- exposure to different minor and major traumatic events is very common among adolescents, – there is a direct relationship between a cumulative number of traumatic exposures and severity of PTSD symptoms, especially in girls and younger adolescents, and – the relationship between cumulative trauma exposure and PTSD is mediated by external locus of control, which we also identified for anxiety and depressive symptoms.

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