Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.
Crystale Marsh-McDonald, Ph.D.
Past research suggest differences in racial group’s perceived experiences in traumatic situations and different ways of coping can affect individual levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The author examined how race, methods of coping and risk/resilience factors interact with PTSD symptomology. A total of 28 Black, Hispanic and Non Hispanic Caucasian Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans were assessed for PTSD symptoms, methods of coping and risk/resilience factors related to deployment. Findings indicate no significant differences for minorities and non Hispanic Caucasians on level of PTSD symptoms. Findings indicate significant differences between minorities and non Hispanic Caucasians on deployment factors and coping mechanisms, as well as significant differences between genders on deployment factors and coping skills.
Fay, Christina, "Cognitive Processes and Race Differences: Possible Factors Contributing to PTSD" (2009). College of Arts & Sciences. 14.