Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2024

Document Type

Student Project

First Advisor

Orcutt, Holly

Second Advisor

Davis, Brandon

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)


Department of Psychology


Most individuals will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime (Alim et al., 2008), potentially leading to a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can have significant psychological and physical repercussions (Brady et al., 1997). Experiencing trauma, such as interpersonal or non-interpersonal, can negatively impact resiliency and sense of self. The current study hypothesized that participants who reported interpersonal trauma as their worst event would report lower resilience and sense of self compared to participants reporting a non-interpersonal trauma. Four hundred and twenty-nine undergraduate students were given questionnaires to assess traumatic experiences, resiliency, and sense of self using established scales. A MANOVA was conducted and yielded no statistically significant differences between resiliency and sense of self across interpersonal and non-interpersonal worst events. This study finds no statistical significance of trauma type on resiliency and sense of self measures but finds statistical significance with PTSD symptom severity on trauma type.