Modelling the experience of trauma in a white-Australian sample

Copping, Alicia, Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E., & Paton, Douglas (2008) Modelling the experience of trauma in a white-Australian sample. In Voudouris, Nicholas & Mrowinski, Vicky (Eds.) 43rd APS Annual Conference : Psychology Leading Change, 23-27 September 2008, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart TAS Australia.

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Over the last decade the field of trauma research has expended to include not only the adverse effects of experiencing a traumatic event, but also the potential for beneficial outcomes. a notable example of such research is Posttraumatic Growth (PTG), a salutogenic construct that acknowledges the multitude of responses to an experience of trauma. subtle differences have been demonstrated between the australian construction of PTG outcomes and those in the US literature. Thus, this study expandd upon previous research to encompass a salutogenic approach to understanding the Australian trauma survivor's experience. Grounded Theory Methodology was employed to elucidate themes of the Australian experience of trauma which were used to construst a model of post-trauma adaptation for this sample.l The model is robust and includes both the adverse effects of trauma, for example, loss of controland self-deprecation, and the potential positive outcomes of such experience, such as increased compassion towards others. The model also incorporates social support, or lack thereof, received by survivors and how that affected their adaptation. Understanding the experience of such events from a holistic perspective is vital in providing appropriate support for survivors of trauma.

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ID Code: 18245
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Culture, Trauma, Refugees
ISBN: 9780909881368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 10 May 2009 23:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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