USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Joan A. Reid, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jay L. Michaels, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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This paper focuses on a case study analysis of several traumatic experiences as told by survivors. Through this case study approach, this paper attempts to humanize the often heavily statistical world of trauma research. The first portion of this thesis is comprised of research surrounding current trauma research and coping mechanisms (both positive and negative) associated with trauma response. These methods include both traditionally accepted practices and alternative treatments, as well as the financial, emotional, and physical implications of these treatment methods. The second portion of this thesis is comprised of the narratives previously mentioned, which were each obtained through individual interviews. Names and other identifying details have been changed for anonymity.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg May 4th, 2021.