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Title: The interpersonal impact of trauma : couples' experiences and current approaches to treatment
Author: Donnellan, Deanna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2751 7675
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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Research on the interpersonal impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a developing area. The work presented here builds on this growing dimension of PTSD research. A narrative literature review examines the development of the concept of PTSD, the existing research on the interpersonal impact of trauma, and alternative approaches to treatment. It highlights a clear need to consider a more systemic way of working by broadening our perspective of PTSD wider than the just the individual. The research paper presented uses Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to explore couples' experiences of their relationship surrounding a trauma. The research identified themes of; losing the person you love; isolating versus needing support; PTSD affects roles, responsibilities and dynamics; and the dyadic nature of moving on from trauma. A critical review of the design and process of research is presented followed by the ethics documentation for the application and approval of the research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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