Ian De Terte

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2012
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Psychological Resilience in the Face of Occupational Trauma: An Evaluation of a Multidimensional Model

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Mr de Terte’s research investigated a five-part model of psychological resilience in relation to exposure to potentially traumatic events, using a sample of police officers. The five-part model looked at an individual’s thoughts, feelings, behaviours, physical activities, and environment. There has been limited research that has evaluated psychological resilience from a multidimensional viewpoint. This study found that the components of the model that showed some utility were optimism, adaptive coping, adaptive health practices, and social support. The psychological resilience model initially proposed has been reconceptualised as a three-part model, but requires further empirical and theoretical development.

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