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Post-traumatic stress disorder in adolescence, Ethical relativism




This study examined the relationship between traumatic stress, social problem solving, and moral disengagement among African American inner-city high school students. Participants consisted of 45 (25 males and 20 females) African American students enrolled in grades 10 through 12. Mediation was assessed by testing for the indirect effect using the confidence interval derived from 10,000 bootstrapped resamples. The results revealed that social problem-solving skills have an indirect effect on the relationship between traumatic stress and moral disengagement. The findings suggest that African American youth that are negatively impacted by trauma evidence deficits in their social problem solving skills and are likely to be at an increased risk to morally disengage. Implications for culturally sensitive and trauma-based intervention programs are also provided.


This is the peer reviewed version of the article published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. The final publication is available at Springer via



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Coker, K.L., Ikpe, U., Brooks, J., Page, B., & Sobell, M. (2014). The Effect of Social Problem Solving Skills in the Relationship between Traumatic Stress and Moral Disengagement among Inner-City African American High School Students. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 7(2), 87-95.

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