- SMC Spring Speakers: ‘Effects of Social Support on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Evidence from the Wenchuan Earthquake’
- April 2, 2013 12:00 pm
- April 2, 2013 1:00 pm
- Annenberg Hall, Room 301
2020 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, United States
Department of Strategic Communication
This study investigated the relationship between social support and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among adolescents who were exposed to the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China.
Three hypothesis were proposed and tested:
- the linear negative relationship
- the exposure severity-moderated relationship
- the U-shaped curvilinear relationship
The results supported the linear negative main effects: the relationship between social support and the symptoms of PTSD are negative, after controlling for the effects of gender, age, residency and exposure severity. Moderation and U-shaped curvilinear effects of social support were not found. The findings also show that social support has significant effects on PTSD.