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Coping support factors among Australians affected by terrorism: 2002 Bali bombing survivors speak

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The 2002 Bali bombing remains the largest single act of terrorism to have directly affected Australians.1 Such atrocities pose serious challenges to the resilience of survivors, and to the health services charged with their care. Raphael and colleagues highlighted the limited available evidence to guide practice with survivors of the 2002 bombing, including those bereaved by the attack.2 These individuals may experience the interplay of trauma and grief symptoms and have complex, evolving needs over time.2,3

Since the attacks on the World Trade Center and other United States targets on 11 September 2001, there has been an increased research focus on understanding the recovery trajectories and health risk factors of terrorism survivors.4 However, virtually no studies have sought the views of survivors themselves regarding factors that support optimal coping and recovery. Such advice can uniquely inform emergency and health planners about survivor needs.5 Drawing on the experiences of Australians directly affected by terrorism, the aims of this study were (i) to identify factors that would support…