Learning Objective 1: describe a complementary approach designed to promote family healing.
Learning Objective 2: report the effects of a homicidal event on family survivors.
Participants' responses are indicated in the pre-and post-test results. Eight family members participated in the pilot study. Seven participants reported a religious affiliation. The majority of the participants were parents of the victim. Surveys were administered prior to the intervention and 30 hours later. Although sample sizes were too small to see statistically significant differences (alpha = 0.05), notable changes were observed. There were notable increases in the General Well-being Scale (GWBS), Spiritual Well-being Scale (SWBS) (including both subscales), Herth Hope Index (HHI), Trait Forgiveness (TFS), positive religious coping (RCOPE), and decreases in negative coping (RCOPE). Forgiveness increased slightly as evidenced in the Single Item Forgiveness (SIF). Although several participants had bordering scores PTSD (PCL-C), only one scored high enough to indicate low range PTSD (14%) and there was a slight decline in this pre- and post-measures. Only one score approached depression (CES-D). Surveys were re-administered at 6 and 12 weeks post-intervention. All data are collected and are being analyzed in January 2008.
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