Are Trigger Warnings Helpful? A New Study Shows They Do Help People Feel Better
A trigger warning is a statement saying that some type of content — like a film, book, or classroom material — contains images or descriptions that could trigger symptoms in people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders. But trigger warnings are a topic of debate these days, and some experts question if they’re actually good for people. According to a new study, however, evidence shows that trigger warnings do help people feel better.
Published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers say that there’s been very little research to date showing the effectiveness of trigger warnings. “Surveys show that trigger warnings and other similar warnings are increasingly common, but there is virtually no research as to whether they actually make people feel better or whether they lead to avoidance," Izzy Gainsburg, study author and a doctoral student in psychology, said in a recent press release.
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