Posttraumatic growth in Australian populations

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. & Morris, Bronwyn A. (2010) Posttraumatic growth in Australian populations. In Weiss, Tzipi & Berger, Roni (Eds.) Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice: Lessons Learned from Around the Globe. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, pp. 157-172.

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It is easy to assume that because Australia and the United States are both predominantly English speaking countries that are relatively young and share many similarities in terms of their historical beginnings, they elicit the same results when investigating psychological constructs. In recent years this has been questioned across a number of domains (e.g., personality and stereotyping) and research has demonstrated that although many constructs are universal, there are differences between these nations; some subtle and others quite stark (McCrae et al., 2005; Terraciano et al., 2005). In this chapter we discuss research that has investigated Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) in various populations in Australia and highlight the similarities and differences that have been found between Australian samples and those published in other countries, especially the US. Data are drawn from quantitative and qualitative investigations conducted with groups who have experienced diverse traumatic events as either direct survivors (e.g., rape, armed hold-up, bereavement) or vicarious survivors (e.g., paramedics). A description of the Australian context sets the scene for the ensuing discussion about PTG in Australian populations.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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As mental health professionals grapple with the surge in cases of posttraumatic stress and related disorders, the Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) perspective has been integrated successfully into a wide range of treatment approaches.Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice offers contributions from an international group of experts who study PTG in diverse cultures and subcultures including Palestinian, Israeli, Chinese, Turkish, and Albanian. This important book authoritatively addresses the theoretical, empirical and clinical aspects of PTG. Professionals in the fields of social work, psychology, counseling, and psychiatry will benefit from this book's practical insights and evidence-based practice approach.

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About the Contributors.



Chapter 1 The Posttraumatic Growth Model: Sociocultural Considerations (Lawrence G. Calhoun, Arnie Cann, and Richard G. Tedeschi).

Chapter 2 Posttraumatic Growth in Israeli Jews (Avital Laufer and Zahava Solomon).

Chapter 3 Posttraumatic Growth in Middle Eastern Context: Expression and determinants among Palestinians (Raija-Leena Punamäki).

Chapter 4 Posttraumatic Growth in the Turkish Population (Cengiz Kilic).

Chapter 5 Thriving in Postwar Kosova (Aliriza Arënliu and Moshe S. Landsman).

Chapter 6 Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth in Germany (BirgitWagner and Andreas Maercker).

Chapter 7 Posttraumatic Growth in the Netherlands (Grieteke Pool, Mirjam J. Nijdam, and Marijke E. Oostingh).

Chapter 8 Posttraumatic Growth in Spain (Carmelo Vázquez and Darío Páez).

Chapter 9 Posttraumatic Growth in U.S. Latinos (Roni Berger and Tzipi Weiss).

Chapter 10 Posttraumatic Growth in Japan: A Path toward Better Understanding of Culture-Constant and Culture-Specific Aspects (Kanako Taku).

Chapter 11 Posttraumatic Growth in Chinese Culture (Samuel M. Y. Ho and Yu Bai).

Chapter 12 Posttraumatic Growth in Australian Populations (Jane Shakespeare-Finch and Bronwyn Morris).

Chapter 13 Posttraumatic Growth in International Study: The Case of Chinese in Australia (Thomas A. Whelan and Winifred A. Cunningham).

Chapter 14 Posttraumatic Growth Around the Globe: Research Findings and Practice Implications (Tzipi Weiss and Roni Berger).

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Subject Index.

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Keywords: Trauma, Growth, Culture, Counselling
ISBN: 978-0-470-35802-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2010 21:41
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:24

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