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Relationship to the bereaved and perceptions of severity of trauma differentiate elements of posttraumatic growth

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. & Armstrong, Deanne (2011) Relationship to the bereaved and perceptions of severity of trauma differentiate elements of posttraumatic growth. OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying, 63(2), pp. 125-140.

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    Abstract

    The field of bereavement and grief has been expanding to recognise the potential for growth following the loss of a loved one. This study sought to examine the effect of the relationship to the deceased and perceptions of the severity of the trauma on dimensions of posttraumatic growth. Participants were 146 people who had lost either: a) a first degree relative, b) a second degree relative, or c) a non-related friend. Results demonstrated that both severity and the relationship to the bereaved differentiate posttraumatic growth outcomes. For example, participants who had lost a first degree relative reported higher levels of growth than those who had lost a second degree relative. Consistent with previous research in general trauma populations, the more severe the loss was rated, the higher the levels of growth. Implications for practice are discussed.

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    ID Code: 46966
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: Bereavement, Trauma, Posttraumatic Growth
    DOI: 10.2190/OM.63.2.b
    ISSN: 0030-2228
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
    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
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
    Deposited On: 11 Nov 2011 09:49
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2011 16:40

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