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Post-traumatic growth among the UK veterans following treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

July, 2016
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This study considers the presence of post-traumatic growth following exposure to traumatic events within a sample of the UK veterans following their treatment for PTSD.

Abstract

Introduction The aim of this paper was to examine levels of post-traumatic growth (PTG) in a sample of the UK veterans who had received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Methods The study followed-up 149 UK veterans after they had completed standardised treatment for PTSD provided by Combat Stress. Data had previously been collected on a range of mental health outcomes before treatment, and then repeated 6 months after the end of treatment. For the current study, participants completed the post-traumatic growth inventory (PTGI) measure. Analysis was conducted to explore levels of PTG and whether there were any relationships between pretreatment and post-treatment ratings of mental health and PTG. Results The mean score on the PTGI was 32.6. Evidence of a treatment effect on levels of PTG was observed. There appeared to be a relationship between improvements in symptoms of PTSD and depression and higher levels of PTG. Conclusions This study observed the presence of PTG following exposure to traumatic events within a sample of the UK veterans following their treatment for PTSD. PTG scores were moderately low in comparison to similar studies in the USA.

Full Reference

Murphy D, et al. (2016) Parental reports of serious illness and disabilityamong children aged 3–16 years from UK military families. Journal of the Royal Army Medical 2016;0:16. doi:10.1136jramc-2016-000638 (25-07-2016)

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