Spirituality, resilience, and anger in survivors of violent trauma: a community survey.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study evaluates the relationship between spirituality, resilience, anger and health status, and posttraumatic symptom severity in trauma survivors. A community sample (N = 1,200) completed an online survey that included measures of resilience, spirituality (general beliefs and reincarnation), anger, forgiveness, and hatred. In survivors of violent trauma (n = 648), these measures were evaluated with respect to their relationship to physical and mental health, trauma-related distress, and posttraumatic symptom severity. Using multivariate regression models, general spiritual beliefs and anger emerged in association with each outcome, whereas resilience was associated with health status and posttraumatic symptom severity only. Forgiveness, hatred, and beliefs in reincarnation were not associated with outcome. The importance of these findings to treating trauma survivors is discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Connor, KM; Davidson, JRT; Lee, L-C

Published Date

  • October 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 487 - 494

PubMed ID

  • 14584633

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1025762512279


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States