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Psychological aspects of scuba diving injuries: Suggestions for short-term treatment from a psychodynamic perspective

  • Jennifer C. Hunt
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Abstract

Dive medicine is described as an area of practice in which psychologists may choose to expand their clinical service and research activities. The author argues that most research studying risk behavior and sports take into account biological, behavioral or cognitive approaches, while ignoring unconscious conflict in risk-taking and injury management. The present paper uses a psychodynamically-oriented, interview-based approach to studying psychological reactions to decompression sickness in three experienced scuba divers. Brief interventions and their outcomes are described.

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dive medicine health psychology sports psychology decompression illness psychological reaction to injury 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer C. Hunt
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  1. 1.Montclair State UniversityUpper Montclair

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