A qualitative exploration of mental health professionals' experience of working with survivors of trauma in Sri Lanka
Satkunanayagam, Kuhan, Tunariu, A. and Tribe, R. 2010. A qualitative exploration of mental health professionals' experience of working with survivors of trauma in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. 3 (1), pp. 43-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/17542861003593336
|Satkunanayagam, Kuhan, Tunariu, A. and Tribe, R.
This study explored the struggles and rewards of trauma work and the notion that individuals are changed in some way by the work they do with survivors of traumatic events. Interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with twelve mental health professionals working in Sri Lanka has shown these changes to have both an accumulated negative emotional impact but also to simultaneously contain positive, growth-promoting and personally satisfying aspects. There is a bias prevalent in the trauma literature towards focusing on the many negative aspects of the impact of working with survivors of trauma or surveying the moderating factors for managing secondary trauma. The present research, instead, uses the paradigm of adversarial growth to demonstrate that when mental health professionals rebuild their assumptive world in light of their experiences of working with survivors of trauma there are valuable opportunities for personal, and by implication, professional growth. This study is of a qualitative nature
and explores phenomenologically grounded knowledge seeking to gain an understanding of the lived experiences reported by mental health professionals working with survivors of trauma, and the subjective and collective meanings that shape these experiences.
|International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
|3 (1), pp. 43-51
|Taylor & Francis
|Accepted author manuscript
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|08 Jun 2010
|Publication process dates
|04 Aug 2017
|This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Culture and Mental Health on 08.06.10, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17542861003593336.
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