RELATIONSHIP OF VICARIOUS TRAUMATIZATION WITH FAMILY RELATIONS AND COPING STRATEGIES AMONG HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

  • Nazia Mustafa General Headquarter, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Fahad Haleem General Headquarter, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Najm Us Saqib Khan Naval Headquarters, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Tahir Sardar Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Muhammad Naveed Akhtar Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Javaria Mumtaz Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Karachi Pakistan
Keywords: Vicarious Traumatization, Family Relations, Coping strategies, Healthcare Professionals

Abstract

Objective: To study the relationship of vicarious traumatization with family relations and coping strategies
among Health care professionals along with to find out the frequency of vicarious traumatization.

Study Design: Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Various hospitals in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, from Jan2018 to Jun 2018.

Methodology: A sample of 170 healthcare professionals (doctors=39, psychiatrists=27, psychologists=36, nurses=30 and others=38) (men=67, women=103) were taken from various hospitals in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Data was collected by using the secondary traumatic stress scale, the index of family relations and the brief COPE scale.

Results: Results revealed that all the instruments have good reliability and there was significant positive
correlation (r=0.71) between various aspects of VT (intrusion, avoidance and arousal) and poor family relations.
Further analysis reflected that Emotion focused coping was positively correlated (r=0.22) with poor family
relations whereas problem focused coping was negatively correlated (r=-0.39) with poor family relations.

Conclusion: So it is concluded that vicarious traumatization must be addressed and identified in health setting
and coping skills training must be part of healthcare professionals’ education programs.

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Published
2020-12-20
How to Cite
Mustafa, N., Haleem, F., Khan, N. U. S., Sardar, T., Akhtar, M., & Mumtaz, J. (2020). RELATIONSHIP OF VICARIOUS TRAUMATIZATION WITH FAMILY RELATIONS AND COPING STRATEGIES AMONG HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 70(6), 1925-28. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v70i6.5511
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