The associations between vicarious trauma dysfunctional beliefs and traumatic stress among hospital personnel
The purpose of this present study was to investigate the association among vicarious trauma dysfunctional beliefs, professional experience and traumatic stress symptoms in a sample of physicians, nurses and paramedics. We also studied the moderating role of emergency activities in this relationship. A total of 107 medical staff participated in the study. Scales for measuring vicarious trauma beliefs and traumatic stress were administered to all the participants. The regression analysis showed that vicarious trauma dysfunctional beliefs significantly predicted symptoms of traumatic stress. Also, the results indicated that working in emergency situations moderated the relationship between dysfunctional beliefs and symptoms of avoidance. Suggestions for future research and clinical implications for what could be done to protect people indirectly exposed to trauma from traumatic stress are addressed.
vicarious trauma beliefs, traumatic stress, professional experience
Cornelia Măirean – Al. I. Cuza University, Iaşi, Romania, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Nicoleta Turliuc – Al. I. Cuza University, Iaşi, Romania, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences E-mail: email@example.com
Diana Cimpoeşu – University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa, Iaşi, Romania E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org