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Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology - Vol. 38 , No. 3

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Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology - Vol. 38 , No. 3 , pp.308-317
ISSN: 2466-197X (Online)
publication date 31 Aug 2019
Received 19 Apr 2019 Revised 21 Aug 2019 Accepted 21 Aug 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15842/kjcp.2019.38.3.004

How Resilience Affects Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms: The Mediating Role of Acceptance
Yookyung Eoh1 ; Ansuk Jeong2, ; Sung-Yi Cha3 ; Nam Hee Kim3, 4,
1Department of Counseling Psychology, Yongmoon Graduate School of Counseling Psychology, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Psychology, University of Utah Asia Campus, Incheon, Korea
3Suwon Smile Center for Criminal Victims, Suwon, Korea
4Maumtodac Psychiatric Clinic, Ansan, Korea

Correspondence to : Ansuk Jeong, Department of Psychology, University of Utah Asia Campus, 119 Songdomoonwha-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea; E-mail: granble@gmail.com
Correspondence to : Nam Hee Kim, Maumtodac Psychiatric Clinic, 174 Gwangdeok- daero, Danwon-gu, Ansan, Korea; E-mail: nadianam@gmail.com

© 2019 Korean Clinical Psychology Association
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Not every individual who experiences a traumatic event is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or shows its symptoms. Resilience has been understood to be a key factor that helps individuals adapt successfully following an adversity. Acceptance has also been considered a therapeutic factor for such individuals. However, there are few studies that investigated the relationship between resilience and acceptance, and their impacts on post-traumatic stress symptoms. The current study examined the effect of resilience on post-traumatic stress symptoms and the mediating role of acceptance in the relationship. A total of 140 participants who experienced trauma (80 females and 60 males) were included in the analyses. Resilience was found to be negatively correlated with post-traumatic stress symptoms and acceptance was found to mediate the relationship between the two. This study provides an understanding of the mechanism underpinning the effect of resilience on post-traumatic stress symptoms. Study limitations and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

Keywords: resilience, acceptance, post-traumatic stress symptoms, mediating effect


This study was supported by a grant from the Korean Mental Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (HM15C1058). The two authors contributed equally as corresponding authors.

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