Evaldas Kazlauskas, Paulina Želvienė, Jonas Eimontas, Goda Gegieckaitė


Trauma disclosure can facilitate trauma recovery. However,survivors might be reluctant to talk about theirtraumatic experiences if they perceive that their experiencesare not acknowledged. We aimed to explorehow social acknowledgment is associated with traumadisclosure in a sample of Lithuanian trauma survivors.In total 189 survivors exposed to various traumaticexperiences participated in the study. Regressionanalysis revealed that trauma survivors weremore willing to disclose their traumatic experienceswhen they perceived more social recognition and lessdisapproval from others. We conclude that our studyindicates the importance of social acknowledgmentfor trauma disclosure among trauma survivors.

Keyword(s): disclosure, trauma, PTSD, social acknowledgment.
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2017.107
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