Title

Trauma-Informed Care and Posttraumatic Growth Among Bereaved Youth: A Pilot Study

Department

Social Work and Human Services

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-10-2018

Abstract

Although a fair amount has been written about posttraumatic stress disorder among bereaved children and adolescents, less has been written about posttraumatic growth (PTG) and its predictors among this population. This study examines predictors of PTG and the impact of trauma-informed care on PTG among bereaved youth. A preexperimental, pretest–posttest design was applied to measure PTG among bereaved children (N = 32) before and after attending a healing camp that provides trauma-informed care. A regression model was applied to examine predictors of PTG. Results showed that children participating in the camp increased their PTG scores to a statistically significant degree. Circumstance of death (sudden or expected) was a predictor in this study. The results are discussed in relation to limitations, implications for future research, and practice.

Journal Title

OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying

Journal ISSN

0030-2228

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0030222818804629

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