Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Johan Rosqvist, Psy.D.

Second Advisor

Cathy Moonshine, Ph.D., MAC, CADC III


The hypotheses that explanatory style moderates current PTSD, depression and alcohol consumption in students who have experienced potentially traumatic events, such as child physical abuse, child emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse, was examined. Participants were 144 clients (aged 18-61) receiving outpatient mental health services for addictions. It was found that the experience of generally traumatic events significantly predicted depressive symptoms. Clinical implications of these results are discussed and suggestions for future research are made.