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Facilitating post traumatic growth

Turner, de Sales and Cox, Helen 2004, Facilitating post traumatic growth, Health and quality of life outcomes, vol. 2, no. 34, pp. 34-48, doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-2-34.

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Title Facilitating post traumatic growth
Author(s) Turner, de Sales
Cox, Helen
Journal name Health and quality of life outcomes
Volume number 2
Issue number 34
Start page 34
End page 48
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-07-13
ISSN 1477-7525
Keyword(s) post-traumatic growth
trauma
traumatic injury
rehabilitation
well-being
subjective well-being
motor vehicle accident
Summary Background: Whilst negative responses to traumatic injury have been well documented in the literature, there is a small but growing body of work that identifies posttraumatic growth as a salient feature of this experience. We contribute to this discourse by reporting on the experiences of 13 individuals who were traumatically injured, had undergone extensive rehabilitation and were discharged from formal care. All participants were injured through involvement in a motor vehicle accident, with the exception of one, who was injured through falling off the roof of a house.
Methods: In this qualitative study, we used an audio-taped in-depth interview with each participant as the means of data collection. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically to determine the participants' unique perspectives on the experience of recovery from traumatic injury. In reporting the findings, all participants' were given a pseudonym to assure their anonymity.
Results: Most participants indicated that their involvement in a traumatic occurrence was a springboard for growth that enabled them to develop new perspectives on life and living.
Conclusion: There are a number of contributions that health providers may make to the recovery of individuals who have been traumatically injured to assist them to develop new views of vulnerability and strength, make changes in relationships, and facilitate philosophical, physical and
spiritual growth.
Notes This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the attached BioMed Central License. See attached license for details.’ for each item that we make available
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1477-7525-2-34
Field of Research 111703 Care for Disabled
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Turner and Cox
Free to Read? Yes
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