Posttraumatic dissociation as a mediator of the effects of trauma on distressful introspectiveness

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This paper focuses on the stable personality trait of introspectiveness, exploring the relationship between introspectiveness and childhood trauma, dissociation and emotional distress. Ninety Israeli women were recruited from emergency counseling services and from academic and office employment settings. Pearson correlations between traumatic experiences and various dimensions of introspectiveness revealed significant links. Negative emotional and sexual experiences were the trauma variables that contributed most to this relationship, whereas a tendency to be aware of feelings toward family and about mortality were the dimensions of introspection that added most to this association. Prior trauma history, dissociation, introspectiveness, and emotional distress were significantly interrelated. The data from a path analysis performed suggest that introspectiveness may be better explained by the independent effect of dissociation rather than directly by trauma or by emotional distress. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-681
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002


  • Dissociation
  • Introspection
  • Trauma
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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