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Participation in Trauma Research: Is There Evidence of Harm?

Abstract

Few studies have examined the impact of trauma research participation upon trauma survivors. Empirical data regarding reactions to research participation would be very useful to address the question of whether it is harmful for trauma survivors to participate in trauma studies. We examined participant reactions to different trauma assessment procedures in domestic violence (N = 260), rape (N = 108), and physical assault (N = 62) samples. Results indicated that participation was very well tolerated by the vast majority of the trauma survivors. Participants generally found that the assessment experience was not distressing and was, in fact, viewed as an interesting and valuable experience. The findings suggest that trauma survivors are not too fragile to participate in trauma research even in the acute aftermath of a traumatic experience.

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Griffin, M.G., Resick, P.A., Waldrop, A.E. et al. Participation in Trauma Research: Is There Evidence of Harm?. J Trauma Stress 16, 221–227 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1023735821900

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  • trauma research
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • domestic violence
  • physical assault
  • sexual assault
  • participant reaction