Trauma and social support: The association between informal social support, formal social support, and psychological well-being among terror attack survivors

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the role that informal and formal social support play with psychological well-being as reflected in positive and negative emotions of injured terror survivors in Israel. A total of 150 survivors who were eligible for social support and assistance by government agencies completed questionnaires that examined positive and negative emotions, informal social support, and formal social support from public government agencies provided by professional trained social workers. A hierarchal regression demonstrated that informal social support is associated with improved psychological state. However, formal social support, although provided by professional agencies, failed to demonstrate such an association. Theoretical, clinical, and policy implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)208-218
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Formal social support
  • informal social support
  • survivors
  • trauma
  • well-being

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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