This research compared lifetime trauma exposure reported during the COVID-19 pandemic with an age- and gender-matched comparison group in terms of lifetime trauma exposure, PTSD symptoms, and physical and mental health. Participants (N = 70) were undergraduates (81% female; 94% White; M age: 20.64) who completed online surveys. Results indicated more than 80% in both groups reported at least one lifetime trauma. Contrary to expectations, no participants in the pandemic group reported anything associated with the pandemic as their most distressing life event. In addition, there were no between-group differences in PTSD symptoms, physical health, or mental health. Taken together, these findings suggest that clinicians should consider the notion that although living through a pandemic may be stressful, most individuals are successfully managing the pandemic.
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Browning, A. Managing the Pandemic. 22 Apr. 2021, https://oaks.kent.edu/node/16666.