Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Treatment effects for trauma in survivors of genocide, war, and conflict residing in South Africa
by Lankster, Nakieta M., Psy.D., Argosy University/San Francisco Bay Area, 2014, 189; 3582750
Abstract (Summary)

For decades the occurrences of genocide, war, and conflict have been documented and data have been collected on the numbers of those displaced and/or lost their life. Historically, however, there has been a dearth of research pertaining to the psychological response of those who have survived exposure to these events. Emerging studies are investigating the symptomology and manifestations of the trauma induced by exposure to genocide, war, and conflict events. Nonetheless, there continues to be a lack of research regarding treatment. The present qualitative study, which utilized semistructured interviews as data collection methods, investigated the culturally based manifestations of PTSD and treatment modalities specific to survivors of genocide, war, and conflict currently residing in South Africa. Study participants included a variety of health care workers. Several exposure-specific and culturally relative themes emerged related to the trauma resulting from these events, such as survivors losing their sense of self-identity, having a distrust of others, and feeling as though there is a lack of justice in the world. These themes, along with other interventions and modalities of treatment for PTSD, were employed to create broad clinical recommendations for treatment. The recommendations centered on the health care worker having both a cultural and systemic understanding of clients and their presenting concerns. The results of this study provide valuable information regarding how individuals experience, perceive, and cope with trauma that can be applicable to a broad range of health care personnel. Additionally, these are data that can impact the design of future treatment modalities for PTSD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Persing Hoover, Jenifer
Commitee: Word, Carl
School: Argosy University/San Francisco Bay Area
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, South African Studies
Keywords: Genocide and trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Schemas, South Africa, Survival psychology, Treatment modalities
Publication Number: 3582750
ISBN: 978-1-321-21296-9
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