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Title: Post-traumatic growth following a burn injury
Author: Baillie, Sarah
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2013
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Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is the experience of positive changes as a result of a traumatic event, where well-being and personal functioning exceed that of pre-trauma levels (Tedeschi, Park, & Calhoun, 1998). The occurrence of PTG following a variety of traumas has been examined, and a number of meta-analyses and reviews have attempted to summarise such literature and determine what facilitates PTG (e.g. Linley & Joseph, 2004). Some of these seek to establish whether there are differences in the experience of PTG dependent on the cause of the trauma (e.g. Bostock, Sheikh, & Barton, 2009). It has been suggested that the character of PTG following a serious accident may be different to that following physical illness, for example, with physical illness being experienced as an internal trauma and an accident as an external trauma (Hefferon, Grealy, & Mutrie, 2009). There are no reviews which explore the literature around PTG following a serious accident. Paper one of this thesis is a systematic review of the quantitative literature which aims to investigate the experience of PTG following serious accidents. A burn injury can be a traumatic event and can be challenging to recover from, both physically and psychologically (Blakeney, Rosenberg, Rosenberg, & Faber, 2008). Although the psychological impact of burn injuries is undisputed (Wisely, Hoyle, Tarrier, & Edwards, 2007), little attention has been paid to the benefits of such traumas (Fauerbach, Pruzinsky, & Saxe, 2007). Several qualitative studies exploring individuals’ experiences of a burn injury refer to positive changes which can accompany distress and trauma; however, only one quantitative study has directly explored the concept of PTG post-burn (Rosenbach & Renneberg, 2008). Paper two of this thesis is an empirical paper which aims to build on this, using quantitative methods to explore the concept of PTG following a burn injury.
Supervisor: Sellwood, William; Wisely, Julie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry