Fatigue severity and emotion dysregulation: roles in mental health among trauma exposed college students

Kara Manning, Jafar Bakhshaie, Justin M. Shepherd, Jenna Jones, Kiara R. Timpano, Andres G. Viana, Michael J. Zvolensky

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Abstract

Background: There is increased recognition that traumatic events are a common experience among college students, and such events have shown to be associated with negative mental health outcomes and poorer well-being among this population. Although some work has focused on the relation between trauma exposure and mental health among college students, little work has explored the role of individual difference in fatigue severity within this group. Purpose: Therefore, the current study sought to address this gap in the existing literature by examining the explanatory role of fatigue severity in terms of anxiety/depression and post-traumatic stress among trauma exposed college students. Further, the mechanistic role of emotion dysregulation was evaluated as a possible factor that may underlie the relation between fatigue severity and mental health. Method: Seven hundred and thirty trauma-exposed college students were included in the present study (78.6% female, Mage= 22.59 years, SD= 5.48; 55.3% racial minority). Results: Results revealed that individual differences in fatigue severity had a significant indirect effect on the studied internalizing symptoms through emotion dysregulation. Conclusion: These novel findings suggest future work should continue to explore emotion dysregulation in the association between fatigue severity and internalizing symptoms among trauma-exposed college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-195
Number of pages15
JournalFatigue: Biomedicine, Health and Behavior
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

Keywords

  • Fatigue severity
  • emotion dysregulation
  • mental health
  • trauma
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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