Specificity of fear and disgust experienced during traumatic interpersonal victimization in predicting posttraumatic stress and contamination-based obsessive-compulsive symptoms

Christal L. Badour, Stephanie Bown, Thomas G. Adams, Liviu Bunaciu, Matthew T. Feldner

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Abstract

Emerging evidence has documented comorbidity between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among individuals with a history of traumatic events. There is growing recognition of the importance of disgust in each of these conditions independently. No study, however, has examined the potential role of disgust in these conditions following traumatic event exposure. The current study examined the unique role of peritraumatic fear, self-focused disgust, and other-focused disgust in predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms and contamination-based OC symptoms among 49 adult women (Mage=28.37, SD=13.86) with a history of traumatic interpersonal victimization. Results demonstrated that intensity of peritraumatic self-focused disgust was significantly related to contamination-based OC symptoms while peritraumatic fear and other-focused disgust were related to posttraumatic stress symptoms. These results highlight the need for future research aimed at elucidating the nature of the association between disgust experienced during traumatic events and subsequent psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-598
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported, in part, by a NIMH National Research Service Award ( F31 MH092994-01 ) as well as a grant from the Marie Wilson Howells Foundation in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas, both awarded to the first author.

Keywords

  • Disgust
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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