Journal Article


Jonathan Egan
Margaret Daly
Megan White
Kevin Tierney
Mark Shevlin
Roisín Flanagan-Howard
Mark Fitzpatrick
Barbara A. Dooley
Alan Carr
Edel Flanagan



institutional ireland survivors sexual abuse abuse profiles socio economic status

Profiles of resilient survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland (2009)

Abstract In a group of 247 survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland, 45 cases (18%) did not meet the diagnostic criteria for common DSM IV axis I or II disorders. This resilient group was compared with a poorly adjusted group of 119 participants who met the criteria for 1-3 DSM IV axis I or II diagnoses, and a very poorly adjusted group of 83 participants who had 4 or more disorders. Compared with the very poorly adjusted group, the resilient group was older and of higher socio-economic status; had suffered less sexual and emotional institutional abuse; experienced less traumatization and re-enactment of institutional abuse; had fewer trauma symptoms and life problems; had a higher quality of life and global level of functioning; engaged in less avoidant coping; and more resilient survivors had a secure adult attachment style. The resilient group differed from the poorly adjusted group on a subset of these variables. The results of this study require replication in other contexts. Therapeutic interventions with survivors should focus on facilitating the use of non-avoidant coping strategies and the development of a secure adult attachment style.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Jonathan Egan, Margaret Daly, Megan White, Kevin Tierney, Mark Shevlin, Roisín Flanagan-Howard, Mark Fitzpatrick, Barbara A. Dooley, Alan Carr, Edel Flanagan

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Mark Shevlin
National College of Ireland
Total Publications: 125
Barbara A. Dooley
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 55
Alan Carr
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 228