ISSN 2586-0151 (Print)
ISSN 2586-0046 (Online)
Volume 14, Number 1 (1/2018)
Original Article <page. 1-6 >

Exposure Frequency of Job Related Trauma Types and PTSD Symptoms of Firefighters : The Moderating Effect of Anger Rumination

Insung Jo, MA1;Gyhye Sung, MA1,2; and Kangsoo Lee, MD, PhD1;

1;Department of Psychiatry, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, 2;Department of Psychology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Objective : This study aimed at investigating the relationship between exposure frequency of job related trauma types and the PTSD symptoms severity of firefighters, in relation to the moderating effect that anger rumination plays in the association between those of them.

Methods : We examined data from 116 firefighters from Gyeonggi-do. The following instruments were applied: the Life Events Checklist (LEC), the Korean version of the Anger Rumination Scale (K-ARS) and the Primary Care PTSD screen (PC-PTSD).

Results : A higher exposure frequency of job related trauma types was associated with severe PTSD symptoms; we discovered, however, that anger rumination exacerbated their relationship.

Conclusion : This study showed that anger rumination is one of the variables to exacerbate PTSD symptoms in firefighters. Therefore, the study emphasizes the need to consider the level of anger rumination when running a program to predict or mitigate PTSD symptoms in firefighters.


Key words : Firefighters;Trauma;Anger rumination;PTSD.

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