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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posttraumatic stress disorder;
rational emotive behavior therapy;
structural equation modeling
Document Type: Research Article
School of Business, National College of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
School of Psychology, University of Ulster, Londonderry, United Kingdom
Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
March 4, 2015
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