Post Traumatic Stress and Executive Control Deficits

Bardeen & Fergus (2018) evaluated if executive control deficits increase the impact of metacognitive beliefs on post-traumatic stress symptoms. Trauma-exposed adults (n = 469) completed a questionnaire battery. The authors found the executive control deficits strengthened the association between metacognitive beliefs and post-traumatic stress symptoms, but only for positive metacognitive belies and not negative metacognitive beliefs. The results suggest that interventions aiming to improve executive control may be useful in treating post-traumatic stress symptoms. 

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