Multidimensional nature of posttraumatic growth in an Australian population

Morris, Bronwyn A., Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E., Rieck, Murray J., & Newbery, Jasmin (2005) Multidimensional nature of posttraumatic growth in an Australian population. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18(5), pp. 575-585.

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Recent trauma literature has supported a philosophical shift from a pathogenic to a salutogenic paradigm in which the focus is on positive, as well as negative, post-trauma changes. However, empirical knowledge exploring the different domains of positive change or posttraumatic growth (PTG) is scarce. The present study investigated the multidimensionality of PTG in Australian undergraduate students (N = 219). Results indicated five factors for the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, and moderate levels of PTG. Trauma severity was found to significantly predict PTG, in addition to a positive correlation between PTG and negative post-trauma effects. Whilst not negating negative effects of traumatic experiences, this area of traumatology research has important implications for redefining the "victims" of trauma as individuals capable of positive change, rather than merely surviving.

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ID Code: 6861
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: posttraumatic growth, trauma, severity, factors, positive change
DOI: 10.1002/jts.20067
ISSN: 0894-9867
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:17

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