Psychological Recovery Study

Categories: Research

Psychological Recovery after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: The Moderating effects of Post-traumatic Growth.

This project is being conducted by a student researcher Ms Joanne Thorburn as part of a PhD study at Victoria University under the supervision of Professor Jenny Sharples and Dr Kim Shearson from the Psychology discipline, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University.

Project explanation

Aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) is a life threatening type of haemorrhagic stroke with a high mortality rate.  People who have experienced an aSAH are at higher risk of experiencing ongoing disabilities including: visual, physical, cognitive, and memory impairments. In addition, it has been found that after an aSAH people are also at high risk of experiencing negative psychological outcomes including: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety, as well as lower levels of overall well-being and quality of life.  Despite this, there has been limited research conducted investigating factors involved in psychological recovery after an aSAH.  Clearly there is a need for further investigation into what biopsychosocial factors influence aspects of negative and positive psychological recovery as well as potential psychologically protective factors that may occur after an aSAH. Therefore, if you are aged 18 years and above and have experienced an aSAH, your participation is important.

You can learn more and participate in this online study here.