Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Chair

Eraina Schauss

Committee Member

Steven West

Committee Member

Frances Ellmo

Committee Member

Haley Zettler


Abstract Introduction: Children and adolescents are experiencing traumatic injuries at an alarming rate and are often not being treated for the emotional distress occurring following an injury. Immediate mental health intervention has been shown to mitigate negative outcomes. Collaborative healthcare could be leveraged to increase access to immediate mental health interventions following a traumatic injury. There are significant barriers to collaborative care that lead to underutilization. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between traumatic injury type and acute stress symptoms while controlling for other factors to create targeted interventions. Method: Mental health counselors provided counseling consultations at the sole level 1 trauma center in the Midsouth as a new standard of care. Counseling consultations consisted of collecting demographics information, acute stress disorder screening, and psychoeducation for all trauma patients admitted to the hospital and at the outpatient trauma clinic. Results: Several significant positive and negative relationships were found between the independent and dependent variables as well as the control variables. Conclusion: Several factors may influence the acute stress symptomology that pediatric patients may experience immediately following a traumatic injury.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


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