Posttraumatic Growth in Paramedics
It is possible experience a positive, personal change after a traumatic experience, which is termed posttraumatic growth (PTG). Paramedics experience high trauma exposure to critical incidents (CIs) as part of their duties. It is predicted that paramedics with a strong sense of coherence (SOC) will choose functional coping strategies to deal with stressful CIs, and to comprehend, manage and find a deeper meaning in work and life activities post trauma. CIs that affect core beliefs and rate high in event centrality will foster PTG in paramedics. Therefore, to test whether these variables are influenced by coping styles and other factors, a prospective cross-sectional cohort-sequential mixed-method longitudinal study is proposed with four cohorts of Australian paramedics, separated by levels of experience.