Trauma Research Study — United Kingdom

From time to time I receive requests to post about research projects direct to the PTSD community. This one comes from Emily Godwin at the University of Bristol, UK. 



My name is Emily and I am a master’s student studying Psychology at the University of Bristol, UK.

I am conducting a research study that may help to aid the recovery of those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), by seeking the perceptions and experiences of support from those who have experienced a traumatic event. Research has frequently reported the importance of social support following trauma, and has emphasised how the type of support provided may influence PTSD symptoms. My study aims to provide a voice for PTSD sufferers, allowing for the perspectives and support preferences of those who have experienced trauma to be taken into account. From this, the support given to individuals following a traumatic even may improve, which may help to aid the recovery of those suffering from PTSD.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredits the course I am enrolled on and I have been granted approval by the University of Bristol Ethics committee to go ahead with this research.

The study will be focusing specifically on the views of trauma support available online and offline, and requires volunteers to be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted through the use of ‘Google Hangouts’ (an instant messaging software allowing for online interaction over the internet). The purpose of conducting interviews as opposed to questionnaires is to gain a more meaningful perception of PTSD support preferences in relation to experiences of recovery.

The study is also seeking volunteers to take part in an online focus group. The focus groups will be conducted through the use of ‘Google Hangouts’. The discussion board will be private and the content posted by respondents will only be seen by those taking part in the group. Participants will be asked to discuss their decision in utilising (or choosing not to use) online support. Volunteers may choose to participate in either a focus group or an interview, but will be welcomed to take part in both.

I am seeking participants between the ages of 18 and 25 in particular. However, volunteers who are over 25 are also welcome. It is a requirement that volunteers have experienced a traumatic event that occurred more 1 year ago.

All data will be analysed anonymously, and will be treated with strict confidentiality where possible. Respondents have the right to withdraw from the study at any point, without justification or penalty.

If you are willing to help and qualify to participate, please contact Emily on the email provided:

[email protected]

Further information regarding the study will then be sent to volunteers to ensure any outstanding questions are answered prior to taking part.

If you have any concerns or complaints about this research project please contact my supervisor:

[email protected]

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I look forward to hearing from you.


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