Nice study recently published in Journal of Traumatic Stress that examined perceived injustice and interpersonal trauma among patients admitted with physical injuries to a large Level 1 trauma centre in the US. A major finding was that patients’ feelings of injustice following injury significantly mediated the relation between interpersonal trauma and posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms at 6 months followup. As many clinicians would be aware, this supports the view that perceived injustice contributes to the association between interpersonal trauma and mental distress and may well require attention in effective treatment and rehabilitation.
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