The relationship between negative expressivity, anger, and PTSD symptom clusters

Meredith Claycomb, Michelle E. Roley, Ateka A. Contractor, Cherie Armour, Paula Dranger, Li Wang, Jon D. Elhai*

*Corresponding author for this work

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More investigation is needed to understand how specific posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom clusters relate to the internal experience of anger and overt negative behaviors in response to anger (negative expressivity). We investigated whether anger mediated relations between PTSD symptom clusters and negative expressivity. Multiple regression revealed lower PTSD intrusion symptoms associated with higher levels of negative expressivity. Anger mediated this relationship. Higher avoidance symptoms related to higher negative expressivity. Clinical implications, limitations, and strengths are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Early online date17 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anger
  • Negative expression
  • PTSD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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