Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder: The psychological sequelae of bloody Sunday and the response of state services

P. Hayes, Jim Campbell

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    Abstract

    Objective: This article describes the political context of health and social care services in Northern Ireland at a the of intense social conflict. Method: Concepts from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other relevant international psychological literature are then used to study the experience of the Bloody Sunday families, victims of a traumatic event that happened in Derry in January 1972. Results: High levels of psychological morbidity within this population are reported, alongside some evidence that families had not received services that may have helped resolve the trauma. Conclusions: The authors noted that new services planned as a result of the current peace process may offer social workers and other professionals new ways to address the unmet needs of people traumatized by the Troubles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)705-720
    Number of pages16
    JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
    Volume10
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

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