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Irrational Beliefs in Posttraumatic Stress Responses: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Approach

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The current study aimed to test a key theoretical prediction of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) theory by assessing the role of general and trauma-specific irrational beliefs in the prediction of posttraumatic stress responses. A sample (N = 313) of trauma-exposed emergency service workers participated in the study. Structural equation modeling results demonstrated that an REBT-based model provided satisfactory model fit and explained 89% of variance in posttraumatic stress symptomatology. Theoretical predictions were supported, with results demonstrating that general-level irrationality indirectly impacted posttraumatic stress responses via a set of trauma-specific irrational beliefs. Results indicate the importance of irrational beliefs in predicting posttraumatic stress responses.
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Keywords: dysfunctional cognitions; irrational beliefs; posttraumatic stress disorder; rational emotive behavior therapy; structural equation modeling

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Business, National College of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland 2: School of Psychology, University of Ulster, Londonderry, United Kingdom 3: Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Publication date: March 4, 2015

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