Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
Second Committee Member
Adolescence, Disgust, Physiological Reactivity, Trauma
The majority of youth will report traumatic event exposure by the time they reach adulthood.
Research suggests exposure to such events is linked to myriad negative outcomes. Not all
traumatic events are alike, however; evidence suggests that, compared to non-interpersonal
events, interpersonal events in which another person intentionally perpetrates harm are linked to
elevations in the likelihood of negative outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). One reason for this discrepancy is that interpersonal traumatic events may elicit greater
levels of disgust. However, this is a very under-developed research base, no study has examined
this question among youth. The current study aimed to address this gap in the literature by
comparing adolescents with differing types of traumatic event exposure (i.e., interpersonal vs.
non-interpersonal) in terms of self-reported, behavioral, and physiological indicators of disgust
elicited by trauma reminders presented during a script-driven imagery procedure. In contrast to
hypotheses, adolescents exposed to reminders of their interpersonal traumatic event did not
report greater self-reported, behavioral, or physiological disgust compared to those exposed to
reminders of their non-interpersonal traumatic event. Findings are discussed in terms of
theoretical and methodological implications for future work in the area.
Bynion, Teah-Marie R., "A Multimodal Assessment of Disgust in Response to Traumatic Event Reminders Among Adolescents" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2875.