Risk and Resilience among Journalists Covering Potentially Traumatic Events

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Trond Idås, Klas Backholm
Editors: Ulla Carlsson, Reeta Pöyhtäri
Place: Gothenburg
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Nordicom
Book title: The Assault on Journalism. Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression
Start page: 235
End page: 240
ISBN: 978-91-87957-50-5
eISBN: 978-91-87957-51-2


Journalists covering crises are at high risk of experiencing
potentially traumatic events. This
chapter presents a study with 375 journalists who covered the 2011 terror
attack in Norway. The purpose was to investigate whether social support
(SS) was related to psychological distress (posttraumatic stress symptoms,
PTSS) or to personal posttraumatic growth (PTG). Results showed that 9 per cent
(n = 33) were at risk for a posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis.
Journalists who perceived organized SS to be beneficial reported fewer
symptoms. Receiving recognition from colleagues and managers promoted PTG. The
study shows that newsrooms that implement openness to stress as a natural
post-trauma reaction support resilience among their journalists.


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