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Exploring the relationships between multiple traumatisations and anger and aggression in South Africa

A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, University of the
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree
of Bachelor of Arts Masters (Clinical Psychology).
September 2018 / South Africa has seen its crime levels continuously rise; hence, South Africans are
exposed to more trauma incidences that may cause posttraumatic stress symptoms. In
addition, South Africa has been described as an angry nation with retaliatory
behaviours such as road rage and xenophobic attacks on the increase. This research
study hypothesized that exposure to multiple trauma events is related to the anger and
aggression witnessed in South Africa. In a sample of 388 students findings found that
as trauma exposure increases so do the posttraumatic symptoms. In particular, gender
differences showed that multiple trauma exposure affect males and females
differently. Females in particular reported higher intrusion symptoms and more anger
than their male counterparts. Conversely, males reported increased propensity for
aggressive responding with increased trauma exposure. This study highlights the high
trauma exposure rates that South Africans are exposed to with females being
particularly vulnerable. / M T 2019
Date January 2018
CreatorsDollie, Faatema
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish
FormatOnline resource (various pagings), application/pdf, application/pdf

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