Emotion dysregulation mediates the relationship between traumatic exposure and aggression in healthy young women

Shannon R. Miles, Andra Teten Tharp, Matthew S. Stanford, Carla Sharp, Deleene Menefee, Thomas A. Kent

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Abstract

Research has linked trauma-sequelae, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, to aggression. However, not all who experience a trauma become violent, suggesting non-trauma factors, such as emotion dysregulation, influence aggression expression and if confirmed, may influence treatment approaches. Aggression can be considered a multifaceted construct with Impulsive Aggression (IA) as emotional, reactive, and uncontrolled and Premeditated Aggression (PA) as deliberate, planned, and instrumental. We hypothesized that parceling apart IA and PA may further refine predictors of aggression in the context of trauma exposure. We tested this hypothesis in undergraduate women (. N=. 208) who completed trauma, emotion, and aggression measures. Path analysis indicated that Borderline Features, including emotion dysregulation, mediated the relationship between trauma exposure and IA and PA. The finding extends clinical literature by providing evidence that emotion dysregulation influences both IA and PA in a non-clinical sample, while clinical sample research shows emotion dysregulation more specifically mediated the relationship between trauma and IA. Factors responsible for these differences are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-227
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

Keywords

  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Impulsive aggression
  • Premeditated aggression
  • Trauma exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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