Living with military partners with PTSD. The phenomenon of secondary traumatization.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/609155
Title:
Living with military partners with PTSD. The phenomenon of secondary traumatization.
Authors:
Cobley, Joanna Magdalena
Abstract:
Objective: In the study the subjective experiences of UK partners of veterans and military personnel who were diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how they cope with the impact of their experiences were explored. The study also examines the possible existence of the secondary traumatization (ST) phenomenon in this context. Method: This is a qualitative study which draws on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six female participants, all of whom achieved a cut-off score of 30 on the PTSD Checklist for Civilians questionnaire (the PCL-C). The main findings: 1. Participants were, in general, negatively affected by their experiences of living with their military partners with PTSD, regardless of the length of their relationships. 2. Of the military partners’ PTSD symptom clusters, participants were mostly affected by avoidance and hyperarousal. 3. Participants, in general, were traumatised by their home experiences and this could be conceptualised as ST. 4. The most important element in ST development was ongoing, prolonged exposure to negative impacts of military partners’ PTSD. Conclusions: The study contributes to knowledge on the impacts of military-related PTSD on partners. By doing so it provides evidence of reciprocal effects of PTSD on all family members, suggesting that PTSD should be perceived as a family condition. The study also highlights the existence of ST phenomenon. Recommendations: 1. Recognition of ST, as a mental health condition or phenomenon, among professionals, general public and also partners themselves. 2. Recognition of PTSD as a family condition and its reciprocal impacts. 3. Introduction of early support in recognising, diagnosing and treating PTSD and ST.
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/609155
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Description:
The Research Dossier submitted to The University of Wolverhampton for the Practitioner Doctorate: Counselling Psychology Award: D.Couns.Psych.
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dc.contributor.authorCobley, Joanna Magdalenaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-12T10:27:24Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-12T10:27:24Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/609155en
dc.descriptionThe Research Dossier submitted to The University of Wolverhampton for the Practitioner Doctorate: Counselling Psychology Award: D.Couns.Psych.en
dc.description.abstractObjective: In the study the subjective experiences of UK partners of veterans and military personnel who were diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how they cope with the impact of their experiences were explored. The study also examines the possible existence of the secondary traumatization (ST) phenomenon in this context. Method: This is a qualitative study which draws on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six female participants, all of whom achieved a cut-off score of 30 on the PTSD Checklist for Civilians questionnaire (the PCL-C). The main findings: 1. Participants were, in general, negatively affected by their experiences of living with their military partners with PTSD, regardless of the length of their relationships. 2. Of the military partners’ PTSD symptom clusters, participants were mostly affected by avoidance and hyperarousal. 3. Participants, in general, were traumatised by their home experiences and this could be conceptualised as ST. 4. The most important element in ST development was ongoing, prolonged exposure to negative impacts of military partners’ PTSD. Conclusions: The study contributes to knowledge on the impacts of military-related PTSD on partners. By doing so it provides evidence of reciprocal effects of PTSD on all family members, suggesting that PTSD should be perceived as a family condition. The study also highlights the existence of ST phenomenon. Recommendations: 1. Recognition of ST, as a mental health condition or phenomenon, among professionals, general public and also partners themselves. 2. Recognition of PTSD as a family condition and its reciprocal impacts. 3. Introduction of early support in recognising, diagnosing and treating PTSD and ST.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.titleLiving with military partners with PTSD. The phenomenon of secondary traumatization.en
dc.typeThesisen
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