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Trauma type and posttrauma outcomes : differences between survivors of motor vehicle accidents, sexual assault, and bereavement

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane & Armstrong, Deanne (2010) Trauma type and posttrauma outcomes : differences between survivors of motor vehicle accidents, sexual assault, and bereavement. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 15(2), pp. 69-82.

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Abstract

Research examining post-trauma pathology indicates negative outcomes can differ as a function of the type of trauma experienced. Such research has yet to be published when looking at positive post-trauma changes. Ninety-Four survivors of trauma, forming three groups, completed the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) and Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R). Groups comprised survivors of i) sexual abuse ii) motor vehicle accidents iii) bereavement. Results indicted differences in growth between the groups with the bereaved reporting higher levels of growth than other survivors and sexual abuse survivors demonstrated higher levels of PTSD symptoms than the other groups. However, this did not preclude sexual abuse survivors from also reporting moderate levels of growth. Results are discussed with relation to fostering growth through clinical practice.

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ID Code: 32027
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Trauma, Posttraumatic Growth, Resilience
DOI: 10.1080/15325020903373151
ISSN: 1532-5024
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Shakespeare-Finch, Jane and Armstrong, Deanne (2010) Trauma type and posttrauma outcomes : differences between survivors of motor vehicle accidents, sexual assault, and bereavement. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 15(2). pp. 69-82. Journal of Loss and Trauma is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 29 Apr 2010 11:41
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:15

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