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Posttraumatic growth is related to subjective well-being of aid workers exposed to cumulative trauma in Palestine

Veronese, Guido, Pepe, Alessandro, Massaiu, Irene, De Mol, Ann-Sophie and Robbins, Ian (2017) Posttraumatic growth is related to subjective well-being of aid workers exposed to cumulative trauma in Palestine. Transcultural Psychiatry, 54 (3). pp. 332-356. ISSN 1461-7471

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The present study examined how stress reactions after traumatic events influence subjective well-being (SWB) via the indirect effect of posttraumatic growth (PTG) in two samples of Palestinian professional helpers from the Gaza Strip and West Bank (n = 201). Using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) as a dependent measure of well-being, and PTGI-10, PANAS-20, WHO-5 BREF, and IES-13 questionnaires as independent variables, structural equation modelling (SEM) was used to examine whether: (a) cumulative trauma was negatively and directly related to subjective well-being; (b) levels of trauma were positively and directly related to posttraumatic growth; and (c) PTG was positively and directly related to subjective well-being. The findings suggest that posttraumatic growth contributes to mitigating and buffering (on the order of approximately 10%) the effect of trauma on subjective well-being. PTG seems to be a resource that can help aid workers deal with the consequences of stressful life events. Clinical implications and directions for supervision and training are discussed.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Health(social science), Psychiatry and Mental health
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
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Depositing User: JISC pubrouter
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 11:10
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 09:57

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