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The mediating role of early maladaptive schemas in the relationship between childhood traumatic events and complex posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in older adults (>64 years)

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  • Eleni Vasilopoulou
  • Thanos Karatzias
  • Philip Hyland
  • Hannah Wallace
  • Azucena Guzman

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Loss and Trauma on 06 Sep 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15325024.2019.1661598.

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Early online date6 Sep 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Sep 2019


The current study investigated the mediating role of Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMS) in the association between childhood trauma and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) symptom severity in a clinical sample of 42 older adults (>64 years). It was found that EMS total score mediated the relationship between childhood trauma and CPTSD symptom severity. Two second order schema factors (Disconnection; Impaired Autonomy) also had a mediating role in this relationship. Results provide preliminary support for the utility of interventions targeting EMS, particularly in the domains of Disconnection and Impaired Autonomy, in order to alleviate CPTSD symptoms. Future research is required to replicate these results within larger samples and to examine the efficacy of schema and cognitive interventions within trauma exposed older adults.

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  • childhood trauma, schemas, CPTSD, older adults

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