Date of Paper

5-2014

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Colin Hollidge

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to look at what resilience factors therapists view to be important in their work with adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. This study used a qualitative research design, in the form of semi-structured interviews to collect data. The main findings of this study showed that 100% of the participants perceive healthy attachments to be a leading resilience factor in complex trauma. Additionally, according to the participants in this study, unhealthy coping skills (promiscuity, chemical use, self-harm and dissociation) were discussed as survival techniques. Finally, the use of resilience in therapy was addressed with incongruent findings. Participants differed in their view of client readiness to process their complex trauma. The findings of this study can be used to help therapists gain a better understanding of what resilience factors are common in clients who have experienced complex trauma, which will assist them in their work together.

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