Cognitive Complexity and Construct Extremity in Social and Life Event Construing in Persons with Varied Trauma History Metadata

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  • Main Title Cognitive Complexity and Construct Extremity in Social and Life Event Construing in Persons with Varied Trauma History


  • Author: Shafenberg, Stacey
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Sewell, Kenneth W.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Williams-Moes, Amy
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Doster, Joseph A.
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2006-12
  • Digitized: 2008-04-11


  • English


  • Content Description: The purpose of this study was to examine cognitive complexity, extremity, and the relationship between social repertory grids and life events repertory grids (LERG) in people who report a history of trauma. Effects of type of trauma on complexity and extremity scores of each type of grid were examined. Prior research into repertory grids and trauma has used only one type of grid, predominantly social grids or LERGs. Therefore, a natural, progressive step in the grid research involved investigating how individuals integrate social and life event constructs. It was hypothesized, and results show, that there is a positive correlation between complexity scores and extremity scores of social grids and LERGs. However it was not found that there was a negative correlation between trauma history and complexity scores, and that trauma acts as a moderator for cognitive complexity. Instead, it appears that the social facet of experience is key to understanding perception of traumatic experiences. Additionally, number of traumas experienced might affect social construct elaboration.


  • Keyword: complexity
  • Keyword: extremity
  • Keyword: trauma
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Psychic trauma.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Thought and thinking.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Cognition.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Personal construct theory.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Shafenberg, Stacey
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 234309373
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc5433


  • Degree Name: Master of Science
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Psychology
  • Academic Department: Department of Psychology
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas