Intolerance of uncertainty in seriously injured veterans: a comparative analysis

- Громова, Ганна ( (2020) Intolerance of uncertainty in seriously injured veterans: a comparative analysis Insight: the psychological dimensions of society, 4. pp. 29-41. ISSN 2663-970X

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Intolerance of uncertainty is seen as tendency to perceive unexpected and new circumstances as dangerous, and respond to them as a threat. It is known that the rejection of uncertainty is a factor that complicates the course and treatment of affective disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD, sociophobia, etc.). The purpose of the research is to identify the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and signs of PTSD in veterans with serious injuries or disabilities. Methods: using the parametric Student’s t-criterion and the non-parametric Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis test, a comparative analysis was performed, and the Spearman coefficient ρ was used to analyze the correlations. Data collected in two groups of servicemen were compared. Officers (n = 47) and veterans who participated in the qualifying round of the Invictus Games (n = 32) completed the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale questionnaire, the N. Carleton’s short version, and the PCL-5 PTSD Symptom Questionnaire. Results: it was found that groups of servicemen do not differ in the general level of intolerance of uncertainty, but there was a significant difference on the scale of “depressing anxiety”. Subgroups with a higher level of intolerance of uncertainty have significantly more manifestations of post-traumatic stress symptoms. Intolerance of uncertainty correlates with all clusters of PTSD symptoms in the general military group, and the “Inhibitory anxiety” subscale has a stronger correlation with all clusters than the “Perspective anxiety” subscale. Conclusions: for the first time, the connection between IU and signs of PTSD in servicemen was studied in the Ukrainian sample. Veterans with serious injuries and disabilities have higher scores on the “Inhibitory anxiety” subscale. The specificity of the connection between intolerance of uncertainty in veterans with serious injuries or disabilities, and signs of PTSD, is the lack of correlation with aggressive and self-destructive behaviour (symptoms of cluster E). This feature reflects the specifics of the experience and manifestations of aggression in veteran athletes with disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: intolerance of uncertainty, PTSD, veterans, comparative analysis, disability
Subjects: Science and knowledge. Organization. Computer science. Information. Documentation. Librarianship. Institutions. Publications > 1 Philosophy. Psychology
Divisions: The Institute of Social and Political Psychology > Laboratory for Social Psychology of Personality
Depositing User: Т.О. Ларіна
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2022 04:27
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2022 04:31


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