Evaluation of the posttraumatic growth inventory after severe burn injury in Western Australia: clinical implications for use
|dc.identifier.citation||Martin, L. and Byrnes, M. and McGarry, S. and Rea, S. and Wood, F. 2016. Evaluation of the posttraumatic growth inventory after severe burn injury in Western Australia: clinical implications for use. Disability and Rehabilitation. 38 (24): pp. 2398-2405.|
© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Purpose: Posttraumatic growth (PTG) is “the subjective experience of positive psychological change reported as a result of the struggle with trauma”. Very few studies have explored PTG after burn injury. The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) is a 21-item questionnaire which assesses five domains in which PTG has been found. First, the aim of this study was to assess how PTG presented after a severe burn, and second, whether it could be measured by the PTGI in Australian burn survivors. Methods: A mixed method approach was used. Seventeen patients who had a severe burn injury at least 2 years previously were interviewed and completed the PTGI. The interviews were analyzed, then compared to the PTGI responses. Results: PTG in burn survivors had similarities to PTG arising from other trauma. Burn-specific context such as heat intolerance and functional problems influenced the type of changes made. Barriers to PTG in relationships were related to guilt burden and visible scarring. Conclusion: PTG presents similarly after burn to other trauma types, but has other features to consider when devising intervention strategies. The PTGI is a 5-min screening tool that adequately identifies the presence or absence of PTG in burn survivors in Western Australia, and can guide intervention. Implications for rehabilitation: The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory is a 5-min screening tool that adequately identifies the degree of PTG in burn survivors in Western Australia. It is a quick and easy tool to use to identify the need for clinical intervention. It will also evaluate the effectiveness of strategies designed to target PTG. A mean score of 2.5 can be used as a threshold to guide intervention strategy.
|dc.title||Evaluation of the posttraumatic growth inventory after severe burn injury in Western Australia: clinical implications for use|
|dcterms.source.title||Disability and Rehabilitation|
|curtin.department||School of Occ Therapy, Social Work and Speech Path|
|curtin.accessStatus||Fulltext not available|
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