Vicarious posttraumatic growth among interpreters

Splevins, Kate and Cohen, Keren and Joseph, Stephen and Murray, Craig and Bowley, Jake (2010) Vicarious posttraumatic growth among interpreters. Qualitative Health Research, 20 (12). pp. 1705-1716. ISSN 1552-7557

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An emerging evidence base indicates that posttraumatic growth might be experienced vicariously by those working alongside trauma survivors. In this study we explored the vicarious experiences of eight interpreters working in a therapeutic setting with asylum seekers and refugees. We adopted a qualitative approach, using semistructured interviews and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Four interrelated themes emerged from the findings: feeling what your client feels, beyond belief, finding your own way to deal with it, and a different person. Although all participants experienced distress, they also perceived themselves to have grown in some way. The implications for a theory of vicarious posttraumatic growth are discussed, along with clinical applications.

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Qualitative Health Research
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?? culturecultural competencehealth care professionals interpretive methodsinterviewssemistructured refugees research cross-culturalstress distresstraumahealthpublic health, environmental and occupational health ??
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