Publication Date

Winter 12-8-2023

Document Type

Student Project

First Advisor

Orcutt, Holly

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)


Department of Psychology


Resilience is a specific skill that can be fostered over time which, when mastered in greater amounts, allows individuals to more readily cope with interpersonal conflict and stress. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which experiential avoidance of distressing stimuli and trait resilience predict Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. To test this, participants were instructed to complete self-report questionnaires that assessed experiential avoidance and resilience. Each participant also completed the PTSD checklist for DSM-5. The results of the study showed that while trait resilience did not significantly predict Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS), experiential avoidance and gender did demonstrate a statistically significant main effect on PTSD symptoms.