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Omar Montejano

2002 Research

Abstract: Trauma, Culture, and Beliefs: Exploring Cognitions in Hispanic Trauma Survivors

Mentor: Dr. Russell Kolts, Psychology

Kolts, Robinson, and Tracy (2002) examined relationships between sociotropy and autonomy in relation to PTSD symptoms that follow a traumatic experience in predominantly Caucasian population at a Northwest University.  Kolts et al. (2002), found that trauma survivors with high levels of autonomy or sociotropy are more susceptible to PTSD and/or depressive symptoms.  This replication study will investigate specific findings that will be beneficial for the culture of Chicanos, Latinos, and Hispanics, such as how culture prevents severity of PTSD symptoms. It will also research the relationships between trauma experiences and measures of depression and personality style. Research findings may potentially help in counseling Chicano/Latino/Hispanic clients by assisting them with the most accurate findings of how this community reacts to a traumatic event.


12th UW McNair Conference & Graduate School Visit 4-29-04

7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May, 19, 2004

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