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Title: 'Getting on with life' : smokers' experiences of posttraumatic growth following a myocardial infarction
Author: Morgan, Sara
ISNI:       0000 0004 6350 808X
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2014
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There is a gradual decline in the mortality rates for Myocardial Infarction (MI), which means that more people are surviving this health event. Survivors of MIs have frequently reported that they considered their experience of this health event to be traumatic. However, research into the experience of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) with survivors of an MI is limited, and within subgroups (e.g. smokers) research does not exist to date. The aim of this research was to explore the experience of PTG in people who have had an MI and were smokers at, or recently before, the time of their MI. Six participants were recruited from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service in south Wales. Using a semi-structured interview, participants were asked about their experiences of relationships, recovery, view of the world, values and the future following their MI. These themes were discussed in relation to PTG research and the limited number of studies found following a systematic review of literature exploring PTG in those who had survived an MI. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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