Alyssa Cole

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Faculty Advisor

Sarina Saturn

Second Advisor

Zach Simmons


College of Arts and Sciences


Differences in prosocial outcomes of interpersonal trauma based on type, and the role of disclosure in facets of posttraumatic growth were investigated. One‐way ANOVA’s compared violent trauma (VT), sexual trauma (ST), and survivors of both (B), Pearson’s correlations suggest relationships between confiding, coping styles, trust, and resilience. VT demonstrated greater growth than ST or B. B showed relationships with a variety coping types compared to ST and VTT, which were associated with a narrow range of strategies. Results suggest that prosocial attributes are related to trauma exposure, but extent and expression vary based on trauma type and that confiding following ST may result in unintended consequences due to how victims were received. After a 9‐month story‐telling and resiliency workshop, changes in a variety of growth‐promoting and negative variables (i.e. PTSD, depression) were calculated and qualitative statements were collected. Presence of meaning in life decreased and trust that others are honest increased. Many variables didn’t significantly change, but some negative symptoms decreased.

Publication Information

ME 499HA Senior Honors Project

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Document Type

Student Project

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Psychology Commons