A Study on Predictors of PTSD amongst Humanitarian Relief Workers: Investigating the Role of Expectation Congruency

This project is undertaken as part of MSc Rehabilitation Psychology degree by the Institute of Work, Health & Organisation (I-WHO) at the University of Nottingham. The overall purpose of the study is to investigate the predictors of PTSD among humanitarian relief workers including training, social support, coping strategies, perceived trauma severity and expectation congruency. The moderating effect of social support and coping strategies on the predictors will also be investigated. To compensate for your time in completing this questionnaire, your particulars will be entered into a lucky draw for Amazon vouchers worth £20 for your participation in the questionnaire. Your name will be entered twice for the lucky draw when you participate in the interview as well. Details to submit your particulars are available upon completion of the questionnaire. If you choose to only participate in the interview, your particulars will be recorded for the lucky draw upon completion of the interview. The deadline for this research is on the 10 August 2012. There will be 7 questionnaire in the questionnaire packet: 1. Demographics – No identifiable information will be asked. 2. Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ)- The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess your PTSD symptoms. 3. Humanitarian Training, Preparation and Intervention Scale(HTPIS) - The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess the extent of training you received as a humanitarian worker. 4. Humanitarian Work Expectation Congruence Scale (HWECS) - The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess the degree of congruence of expectation you have before and after your humanitarian work. 5. Perceived Trauma Severity - The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess your subjective perception of the severity of the traumatic event. 6. Brief COPE - The purpose of this questionnaire is to understand the coping strategies that you adopt. 7. The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) The purpose of this questionnaire is to access the perceived social support you received as a humanitarian worker. Please be honest and frank in completing the questionnaire and bear in mind there are no right or wrong answers. Identifiable personal details have deliberately been omitted to ensure anonymity of responses. No one from your organisation will be able to see any of the completed questionnaires. Feedback will be in forms of reports or presentations that include summary results. Any personal comments from the returned questionnaires that are used in project reports, academic papers or feedback to the organisation will be quoted anonymously and anything that might identify you will be removed. This questionnaire asks about your own experiences. Please read the information sheet attached to the same email that sent you this questionnaire link or via this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mj-K6d0tiztMekkKycX9WXQ9gNhBAWI4zO6QKhXnACU/edit. Completion and return of the questionnaire is entirely voluntary. Please provide your consent to this questionnaire by filling up the attached consent form in this link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdod1pwMEw5THNUbGpZSjJ5N2JQdXc6MQ. The information provided in the consent form cannot be traced back to your questionnaire response. Should you experience any form of distress while completing the questionnaire, you should approach the I-WHO School in the University Of Nottingham or use the contacts of psychologist/counsellors provided in the information sheet attached with the email that sent you this questionnaire link. We hope that you will find the questionnaire interesting and will assist us in this research by returning it as soon as possible. If you have completed it online, all responses will be automatically submitted. You can also request to send it back to us by email in a document file or by post. We will provide you with the hardcopy of the questionnaire as well as the paid stamped envelopes.Alternatively, you can drop it off personally to the research team. Be assured that all corresponding details will remain confidential and anonymous. Should you choose to participate in an interview as well, please send your name and contact numbers through an email to lpxywc@nottingham.ac.uk. We will contact you to arrange for the appropriate time and manner for the interview. It can be done via Skype, telephone or in person as deemed appropriate by you. The interview will last for 30 minute, where you will be asked in detail about your experiences in your mission field and the expectations you bring into your mission work per-mission and how it changed over during and after the mission. You will also be asked about the way you manage your expectation throughout the mission work and the coping strategies that you adopt to overcome any expectation incongruence. Participants can withdraw from the interview anytime if they find the recalling of their experiences evoke traumatic memories and causes discomfort either physically, emotionally or psychologically. Interviews will be held at venues mutually agreed by the participant and interviewer. More information in regards to the interview can be read through this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/19sKkHheqpKbTgY-0NZreWiZwOZwSmTbls5N5b3MyLiw/edit. Thank you for your time and assistance. If you require more information about the study, please contact any member of the research team below. Research Team Chong Yin Wei (Researcher) lpxywc@nottingham.ac.uk Dr. Nigel Hunt (Supervisor) nigel.hunt@nottingham.ac.uk
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*Please provide details for the following questions in response to the humanitarian mission that was most traumatic to you. If you have not been on a mission that you have found traumatic, please provide the details based on your most recent mission. *