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

Led by Dr. Atilola, we found three essential findings in a recent study of the ICMH-SG across ten countries:

– exposure to different minor stressful and significant traumatic events is widespread 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 an external locus of control, which we also identified for anxiety and depressive symptoms.

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