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Title: Vicarious post-traumatic growth : a psychological sequelae of working in oncological services
Author: Mills, Deborah
ISNI:       0000 0004 7426 6936
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis focusses on the topic vicarious post-traumatic growth (VPTG). The thesis has been written in the format of four papers: a systematic review, two empirical papers and a critical reflection paper. Paper one presents a systematic review of quantitative studies exploring VPTG in health professionals. Eighteen studies were identified that fulfilled the reviews inclusion criteria. A narrative synthesis was completed. Results indicated an array of variables have been explored in relation to VPTG. The reviews clinical implications, recommendations of future research and limitations of the review are considered. The first empirical paper (2a) presents a Q-Methodology study aimed to explore the views of VPTG in staff members working within a specialist cancer centre. A two-factor solution evolved from the Q-sort analysis, factor 1 - 'enriching and exposing to the transience of life.', factor 2 - 'connection neighbouring disconnection'. Recommendations for future research, as well as, clinical implications are discussed. The second empirical paper (2b) presents a quantitative study of VPTG in staff members working within a specialist cancer centre. 40 staff members completed an adapted version of the Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) and professionals' quality of life (ProQOL) scale. Results indicated an array of relationships between VPTG, ProQOL and staff members demographics. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are considered. Paper three presents a critical reflection on the process of completing this thesis. Unlike the other papers, this paper is not intended for publication. Personal and professional development reflections are offered. A dissemination of research results is also shared.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: BF Psychology