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The challenging journey from trauma to post-traumatic growth : Lived experiences of facilitating and hindering factors

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dc.contributor.author Bryngeirsdottir, Hulda S.
dc.contributor.author Halldorsdottir, Sigridur
dc.date.accessioned 2022-12-13T01:03:58Z
dc.date.available 2022-12-13T01:03:58Z
dc.date.issued 2022-09
dc.identifier.citation Bryngeirsdottir , H S & Halldorsdottir , S 2022 , ' The challenging journey from trauma to post-traumatic growth : Lived experiences of facilitating and hindering factors ' , Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences , vol. 36 , no. 3 , pp. 752-768 . https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.13037
dc.identifier.issn 0283-9318
dc.identifier.other PURE: 68368200
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 054e1b1f-0ec3-43e8-bdfe-9dfbfedc4946
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85118179954
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000711947600001
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-0629-4428/work/102209842
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3716
dc.description Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Nordic College of Caring Science.
dc.description.abstract Background: Many people experience psychological trauma during their lifetime, often negatively affecting their mental and physical health. Post-traumatic growth is a positive psychological change that may occur in an individual after having processed and coped with trauma. This journey, however, has not been studied enough. Aim: The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore people's experience of suffering psychological trauma, the personal effects of the trauma and the transition from trauma to post-traumatic growth. Methods: A purposeful sample of seven women and five men, aged 34–52, were selected whose backgrounds and history of trauma varied, but who had all experienced post-traumatic growth. One to two interviews were conducted with each one, in all 14 interviews. Results: This study introduces a unique mapping of the challenging journey from trauma to post-traumatic growth through lived experiences of people who have experienced trauma as well as post-traumatic growth. Participants had different trauma experience, but their suffering shaped them all as persons and influenced their wellbeing, health and view of life. Participants described post-traumatic growth as a journey, rather than a destination. There was a prologue to their journey which some described as a hindering factor while others felt it was a good preparation for post-traumatic growth, i.e. to overcome difficulties at an early age. Participants described six main influencing factors on their post-traumatic growth, both facilitating and hindering ones. They also described the positive personal changes they had undergone when experiencing post-traumatic growth even though the epilogue also included heavy days. A new theoretical definition of post-traumatic growth was constructed from the findings. Conclusion: The results suggest that the journey to post-traumatic growth includes a recovery process and certain influencing factors that must be considered. This information has implications for professionals treating and supporting people who have suffered traumas.
dc.format.extent 17
dc.format.extent 752-768
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences; 36(3)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Sálræn áföll
dc.subject Endurhæfing
dc.subject phenomenology
dc.subject post-traumatic growth
dc.subject psychosocial nursing
dc.subject public health
dc.subject qualitative approaches
dc.subject qualitative interviews
dc.subject rehabilitation
dc.subject trauma
dc.subject Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
dc.title The challenging journey from trauma to post-traumatic growth : Lived experiences of facilitating and hindering factors
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.pmid 34709685
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.13037
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dc.relation.url https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.13037
dc.contributor.department Centre of Doctoral Studies
dc.contributor.school School of Health Sciences

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