Risk and Resilience among Journalists Covering Potentially Traumatic Events

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

70 Downloads (Pure)


Journalists covering crises are at high risk of experiencingpotentially traumatic events. Thischapter presents a study with 375 journalists who covered the 2011 terrorattack 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 fewersymptoms. Receiving recognition from colleagues and managers promoted PTG. Thestudy shows that newsrooms that implement openness to stress as a naturalpost-trauma reaction support resilience among their journalists.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationThe Assault on Journalism. Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression
EditorsUlla Carlsson, Reeta Pöyhtäri
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-87957-51-2
ISBN (Print)978-91-87957-50-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Cite this