Title

Prevalence of Severe Weather Phobia in High School Students Who Experienced a Traumatic Weather Event

Advisor

Jacquin, Kristine M.

Committee Member

Eakin, Deborah K.

Committee Member

Armstrong, Kevin J.

Date of Degree

1-1-2010

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Psychology (Clinical)

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

The current study examined the prevalence of severe weather phobia in high school students who had experienced a traumatic weather event and considered possible predictor variables to distinguish between students who did and did not develop severe weather phobia after experiencing the traumatic weather event. Participants (N = 17) completed a diagnostic interview and various questionnaires. Severe weather phobia symptoms (e.g., excessive fear, avoidance, anticipatory anxiety, realization that fear is excessive, distress or dysfunction) were common in the sample. Higher levels of PTSD symptoms and certain coping styles distinguished between those with phobia or subclinical phobia and those without, indicating that traumatic responses to severe weather and coping with severe weather by using social support or restraint predicts the development of severe weather phobia.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16252

Comments

prevalence||severe weather phobia||phobia||high school students||traumatic weather

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