[Trauma, Resilience, and Emotion Regulation]

Julia Holl, Isabel Pap, Jonna Südhof, Elisabeth Wolff, Katharina Staben, Sebastian Wolff, Anja Höcker, Philipp Hiller, Ingo Schäfer, Sven Barnow
Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie 2017, 67 (2): 83-90
Background: History of childhood abuse and neglect is considered to be a relevant risk factor for adult psychopathology. A functional emotion regulation (ER) can account for resilience despite of traumatic experiences in childhood. Materials & Methods: This study compares the habitual use of specific ER strategies among mentally healthy individuals with ( n =61) and without ( n =52) experience of childhood abuse and neglect by using the self-rating instrument Heidelberg Form for Emotion Regulation Strategies (H-FERST). SCID-I, ADP-IV, SCL-27, and BDI-II were used for assessment of psychopathological distress. Results: We found no group difference in the habitual use of ER strategies. Healthy individuals with childhood abuse and neglect showed significantly more subjective distress symptoms. Discussion & Conclusion: Considering the significantly higher psychopathological distress reported by the trauma group, the functional habitual use of ER strategies could serve as a path to explain the resilient development of adult individuals after childhood abuse and neglect.

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