Centre for Advanced Studies

Dr Abdul Al-Qaysi

Highfield Fellow: Dr Abdul Al-Qaysi

Examining Posttraumatic Symptoms and Growth in Iraqi samples, and developing a self-help guide. A Pathway to future studies in Iraq


Professor Dr Abdulgaffar Al-Qaysi, Saad Jaber, Dr Nigel Hunt, Dr Rachel Sabin-Farrell, Professor Stephen Joseph
16.00, 19 July 2010


Two studies were conducted to assess the posttraumatic symptoms and the growth  in Iraq participants. The first study examined the prevalence rate of trauma symptoms, and the coping styles in university students, in Baghdad. In addition, it aimed to developing a self-help guide to help traumatised people to cope with traumatic stress. The other study aimed to determine the posttraumatic growth in women who lost their close relatives; specially their husbands. The self reports of participants revealed a clear prevalence of traumatic events and PTSD symptoms with coping styles, which can be consider emotion-focus coping. Also, there was a significant effect of the self-help guide in improving the coping styles and reducing the trauma symptoms. With regard to the results of posttraumatic growth study, they showed that the highest change was in the spiritual area while the lowest was in new possibilities area.


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