Coping strategies in secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth among nurses working in a medical rehabilitation hospital: a pilot study

  • Yaira Hamama-RazEmail author
  • Ronit Minerbi
Original Article



Secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth have been recognized as psychological reactions that might occur among the medical staff in general, and among nurses in particular. Nurses in the field of medical rehabilitative care might reveal such reactions as their work involves stress and traumatic situations. Coping strategies might either alleviate or exacerbate work-related stress experienced by nurses. The aims of the current study were to explore the link between secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth exhibited by nurses in the field of medical rehabilitative care, and to examine the link between problem-focused coping strategies and emotion-focused coping strategies to secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth.

Material and method

One hundred and fifty-three rehabilitative nurses completed self-report questionnaires regarding personal data, post-traumatic growth, secondary traumatization, ways of coping strategies and personal negative life events.


Correlation matrix for the path analysis model revealed positive significant correlation between secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth. Both, problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping strategies were linked to secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth.


Nurses employed in a medical rehabilitation hospital who cope via problem-focused strategies as well as emotion-focused strategies in their work, might reveal secondary traumatization but might simultaneously benefit from post-traumatic growth.


Coping strategies Nurses in rehabilitative care Post-traumatic growth Secondary traumatization 



This research was not funded.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.

Ethical approval

The study protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board and Ethics Committee of Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital, Sackler faculty of medicine, Tel Aviv university, Tel Aviv, Israel. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkAriel UniversityArielIsrael
  2. 2.Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital, Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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