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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Relational partners of first responders: A confluence of trauma, coping, burden, and worldviews
by Baxter, Theresa Paynter, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 72; 1523344
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to identify relationships among variables related to the experiences of female spouse/partners of emergency responders. The 30 women sampled had sought treatment for occupation-related PTSD.

The First Responder Support Network (FRSN), a non-profit organization in Northern California, provided data for the study. Instrumentation consisted of a symptom inventory of participants' trauma and questionnaires regarding coping styles, worldviews, and perception of burden in response to living with a first responder.

Traumatic stress symptoms were reported more frequently than among the general population but similar to those of spouses of veterans. Findings suggested a diminished sense of self. Coping styles moderated the effects of trauma and were significantly related to worldviews. A substantial degree of burden was reported but burden levels were not related to traumatic stress.

The results indicated that first responder spouse/partners should be offered individual trauma-focused treatment to strengthen self-identity and fortify positive coping strategies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
Commitee: Jennings, Lisa K., Meyer-Adams, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1523344
ISBN: 978-1-303-20912-3
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