After 9/11

Goal disruption, emotional support, and psychological health in a lower exposure sample

Erina Lynne Macgeorge, Wendy Samter, Bo Feng, Seth J. Gillihan, Angela R. Graves

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Abstract

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were traumatic even for Americans who were not directly victimized or in the geographic vicinity. This study examined whether emotional support received through interaction with others buffered the association between terrorism-related stress and psychological health (depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms) for individuals with lower exposure to the attacks. Five hundred eleven college students from an eastern university completed measures of goal disruption (stress) from terrorism, received emotional support, and psychological health in the first 2 weeks of December 2001. The results indicate that received emotional support moderated the relationship between goal disruption and depression and somatic symptoms. These findings suggest that the provision of emotional support should be understood as a fundamental communication skill relevant to recovery from disaster events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Communication
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Medically Unexplained Symptoms

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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Macgeorge, Erina Lynne ; Samter, Wendy ; Feng, Bo ; Gillihan, Seth J. ; Graves, Angela R. / After 9/11 : Goal disruption, emotional support, and psychological health in a lower exposure sample. In: Health Communication. 2007 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 11-22.
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