100796: Experiences of Adults Abused as Children After Discharge from Inpatient Treatment:Informal Social Support and Self-Care Practices Related to Trauma Recovery

About the Course:

This qualitative study explored adults’ perceptions of experiences that were helpful and unhelpful to their recovery from the traumatic effects of childhood physical and sexual abuse. The authors conducted in-depth interviews with 30 participants approximately 6 months after discharge from an inpatient trauma treatment program. Participants reported that barriers to recovery postdischarge were lack of follow-up support immediately after discharge, social isolation, lack of friends, problems with partners, and lack of emotional support from family members. Facilitating factors were concrete support from family and friends; emotional support, particularly from friends; developing a social network unrelated to the abuse history; and continuing self-care strategies learned in the inpatient program. Implications for community-based mental health professionals are discussed. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Introduction II. Method III. Results IV. Discussion

Publication Date:

2005 /Vol. 86, No. 2


Kim Harper, PhD, RSW; Carol A. Stalker, PhD, RSW; Sally Palmer, PhD; Susan Gadbois, MSW, RSW

About the Authors:

Assistant Professor University of Windsor School of Social Work

Associate Professor Wilfred Laurier University Faculty of Social Work

Professor Emeritus McMaster University

Project Coordinator Community Employment Services Canadian Mental Health Association

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about Trauma Recovery. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify factors that tend to impede or facilitate recovery among adults abused as children after their discharge from inpatient trauma recovery treatment.

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