Profiles of resilient survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland
|Title:||Profiles of resilient survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland||Authors:||Flanagan, Edel
Dooley, Barbara A.
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5273||Date:||Sep-2009||Abstract:||In a group of 247 survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland, 45 cases (18%) did not meet the diagnostic criteria for common DSM IV axis I or II disorders. This resilient group was compared with a poorly adjusted group of 119 participants who met the criteria for 1-3 DSM IV axis I or II diagnoses, and a very poorly adjusted group of 83 participants who had 4 or more disorders. Compared with the very poorly adjusted group, the resilient group was older and of higher socio-economic status; had suffered less sexual and emotional institutional abuse; experienced less traumatization and re-enactment of institutional abuse; had fewer trauma symptoms and life problems; had a higher quality of life and global level of functioning; engaged in less avoidant coping; and more resilient survivors had a secure adult attachment style. The resilient group differed from the poorly adjusted group on a subset of these variables. The results of this study require replication in other contexts. Therapeutic interventions with survivors should focus on facilitating the use of non-avoidant coping strategies and the development of a secure adult attachment style.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||EUSARF||Copyright (published version):||2009, European Scientific Association for Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents||Keywords:||Resilience; Institutional abuse; Child abuse; Adult survivors of child abuse||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Research Collection|
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