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ERIC Number: EJ766004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0360-7283
The Aftermath of Road Trauma: Survivors' Perceptions of Trauma and Growth
Harms, Louise; Talbot, Michelle
Health & Social Work, v32 n2 p129-137 2007
For many survivors of serious road trauma, the physical and psychological consequences are complex and lifelong. The longer-term psychosocial recovery experience for survivors, however, is rarely documented in the social work literature. This article reports on findings from a study of road trauma recovery experiences. The findings are presented in relation to posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress experiences, as measured by the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory and the Impact of Event Scale. Data were collected from 79 anonymous self-administered postal surveys from participants who had received treatment in an Australian rehabilitation center following serious orthopedic injury. One-third of these survivors continued to experience serious psychological distress in the aftermath of road trauma and a range of other psychosocial consequences four years after their accident. Although 87 percent of the sample continued to experience posttraumatic stress difficulties, 99 percent reported experiences of posttraumatic growth. Implications of these findings for social work practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Impact of Event Scale