Trauma Survivorship and Disability

Elias Mpofu, Bradley McDaniels, Justin Watts

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This chapter focuses on the central role of disability in how people experience, deal with, and overcome traumatic experiences. Stress can emerge from a variety of health conditions (e.g., congenital disability, adventitious disability, chronic illness) and can be exacerbated significantly when one experiences trauma. Disability and trauma are not mutually exclusive experiences; in fact, they are not infrequently seen in tandem. Although trauma is frequently associated with large-scale natural events (e.g., hurricane, tornado, war), people with disabilities (PWD) experience various degrees of trauma due to pervasive societal discrimination, which can result in a number of psychopathologies necessitating affective type treatments. Despite trauma survivorship being common in nearly all societies around the globe, the evidence base has been thin, but the number of available interventions with promising options has been evolving quickly. The recovery from the effects of both disability and trauma is a process that requires an understanding of the diversity of factors that contribute to the trauma as well as the customization of treatments to individuals’ life situations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrauma Counseling Theories and Interventions for Managing Trauma, Stress, Crisis, and Disaster
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780826150851
ISBN (Print)9780826150844
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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