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J Trauma Stress. 2012 Apr;25(2):142-9. doi: 10.1002/jts.21675.

Finding meaning in a traumatic loss: a families approach.

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Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. chris_davis@carleton.ca

Abstract

Meaning-making, like much of coping research, has been conceptualized and assessed as an individual-centered phenomenon. On the premise that most traumas affect families as a whole, we assessed the extent to which meanings following a traumatic loss were congruent within families. Qualitative and quantitative data from family members coping with the loss of a family member in a mine explosion indicated moderate family congruence in meanings and global well-being. Furthermore, greater family similarity in meaning was associated with less depressive affect in individuals (pseudo R(2) = .063), but was not associated with individual differences in well-being. The research highlights the important role that families play in coping with trauma.

PMID:
22522727
DOI:
10.1002/jts.21675
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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