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Title: Anticipatory Traumatic Reaction: Outcomes Arising From Secondary Exposure to Disasters and Large-Scale Threats
Contributor(s): Loi, Natasha M  (author)orcid ; Schutte, Nicola S  (author)orcid ; Hopwood, Tanya L  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-12
Early Online Version: 2017-09-16
DOI: 10.1177/1073191117731815
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Abstract: Two studies, with a total of 707 participants, developed and examined the reliability and validity of a measure for anticipatory traumatic reaction (ATR), a novel construct describing a form of distress that may occur in response to threat-related media reports and discussions. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis resulted in a scale comprising three subscales: feelings related to future threat; preparatory thoughts and actions; and disruption to daily activities. Internal consistency was .93 for the overall ATR scale. The ATR scale demonstrated convergent validity through associations with negative affect, depression, anxiety, stress, neuroticism, and repetitive negative thinking. The scale showed discriminant validity in relationships to Big Five characteristics. The ATR scale had some overlap with a measure of posttraumatic stress disorder, but also showed substantial separate variance. This research provides preliminary evidence for the novel construct of ATR as well as a measure of the construct. The ATR scale will allow researchers to further investigate anticipatory traumatic reaction in the fields of trauma, clinical practice, and social psychology.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Assessment, 26(8), p. 1427-1443
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1552-3489
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520505 Social psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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