Changes in religious beliefs following trauma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Information processing theorists propose that traumatic events can lead to disruptions in the processing of information and to changes in beliefs. This study examined the relationships among trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and religious beliefs. Participants included 120 individuals from community and clinical samples who participated in the DSM-IV Field Trial Study on PTSD. Results indicated that the PTSD group was more likely to report changes in religious beliefs following the first/only traumatic event, generally becoming less religious. PTSD status was not related to change in religious beliefs following the most recent event. Intrinsic religiosity was related to multiple victimization, but not PTSD. Results are discussed in terms of understanding the function of religiosity in participants' lives and future directions for research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Falsetti, SA; Resick, PA; Davis, JL

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 391 - 398

PubMed ID

  • 12895022

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1024422220163


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States