Post-traumatic growth

What is post-traumatic growth?

Post-traumatic growth refers to positive psychological changes that occur after exposure to a traumatic event, and that are beyond previous levels of functioning. Growth can involve spiritual change, better relationships, more appreciation of life, new possibilities, and increased personal strength. This growth involves both the struggle and symptoms associated with trauma exposure and any positive outcomes that represent adaptation to the traumatic event.

What is the evidence for post-traumatic growth and PTSD symptoms?

Moderate to high quality evidence found a small to medium-sized association between increased severity of PTSD symptoms and increased post-traumatic growth. This association was strongest in children, in caregivers, and in people exposed to military conflicts, accidents, or natural disasters. The association was weakest in people exposed to diseases or those in helping professions, and was not present in people exposed to sexual abuse.

August 2021

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