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Post-traumatic growth among the UK veterans following treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
  1. Dominic Murphy1,2,
  2. E Palmer1,
  3. R Lock1 and
  4. W Busuttil1
  1. 1Combat Stress, Leatherhead, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychological Medicine, King's Centre for Military Health Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dominic Murphy, Combat Stress, Tyrwhitt House, Oaklawn Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0BX, UK; Dominic.murphy{at}combatstress.org.uk

Abstract

Introduction The aim of this paper was to examine levels of post-traumatic growth (PTG) in a sample of the UK veterans who had received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Methods The study followed-up 149 UK veterans after they had completed standardised treatment for PTSD provided by Combat Stress. Data had previously been collected on a range of mental health outcomes before treatment, and then repeated 6 months after the end of treatment. For the current study, participants completed the post-traumatic growth inventory (PTGI) measure. Analysis was conducted to explore levels of PTG and whether there were any relationships between pretreatment and post-treatment ratings of mental health and PTG.

Results The mean score on the PTGI was 32.6. Evidence of a treatment effect on levels of PTG was observed. There appeared to be a relationship between improvements in symptoms of PTSD and depression and higher levels of PTG.

Conclusions This study observed the presence of PTG following exposure to traumatic events within a sample of the UK veterans following their treatment for PTSD. PTG scores were moderately low in comparison to similar studies in the USA.

  • Post-traumatic Growth
  • PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Ex-service personnel
  • MENTAL HEALTH
  • Trauma
  • Received March 1, 2016.
  • Revision received May 16, 2016.
  • Accepted June 26, 2016.

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  • Received March 1, 2016.
  • Revision received May 16, 2016.
  • Accepted June 26, 2016.
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