School of Behavioural and Cognitive Science
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351Australia
Student Researcher – Helen Thomas Supervisor - Dr Ian Price, Phd
Phone: 02 4739 6313 Phone: 02 6773 2653
Co-Supervisor - Dr Gail MacDonell, OAM, RN, PhD, MAPS
Phone: 02 6579 1163
Research Project: Post-traumatic growth and secondary traumatisation in the partners of post-traumatic stress disorder affected combat veterans.
I would like to invite you and your partner to participate in a study about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it is experienced by the Military person. I will be looking at the impact of PTSD on the partners of military personnel and the existence of post-traumatic growth.
Personal growth from trauma (post-traumatic growth) can sometimes occur after a person has suffered trauma, the effects can promote psychological well-being. By knowing what promotes this growth it will be possible to better understand how to help Australian combat veterans and their families to manage traumatic deployments.
If you or your partner have suffered combat trauma and would both like to take part in this research, please copy the link below to access the online survey, which you will each need to do separately. Alternatively, if you are unable to access the internet, you can telephone Wing Commander G. Ballard (Retd.) on 0410 623 848 and he will send you and your partner paper copies with a stamped addressed envelope. He will receive the replies and remove any individuating data prior to giving them to me.
SSome of the question in the survey may be sensitive in nature as the research is aiming to understand people’s response to traumatic events, so there is a possibility that it may raise personal or upsetting issues. If that is the case, you can contact your local Community Health Centre. For 24-hour support, telephone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 (web chat and email services is also available).