Posttraumatic Growth reworks and overhauls the seminal 2006 Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth. It provides a wide range of answers to questions concerning knowledge of posttraumatic growth (PTG) theory, its synthesis and contrast with other theories and models, and its applications in diverse settings. The book starts with an overview of the history, components, and outcomes of PTG. Next, chapters review quantitative, qualitative, and cross-cultural research on PTG, including in relation to cognitive function, identity formation, cross-national and gender differences, and similarities and differences between adults and children. The final section shows readers how to facilitate optimal outcomes with PTG at the level of the individual, the group, the community, and society.
SECTION I: POSTTRAUMATIC GROWTH THEORY 1. What Is Posttraumatic Growth? 2. A History of the Concept of Posttraumatic Growth in Psychology and Related Disciplines 3. Religion, Philosophy, and Posttraumatic Growth 4. Posttraumatic Growth as Process and Outcome 5. Posttraumatic Growth as Common and Universal Experience 6. The Validity of Reports of Posttraumatic Growth 7. Components of the Theoretical Model of Posttraumatic Growth 8. Theories Related to PTG SECTION II: POSTTRAUMATIC GROWTH RESEARCH 9. Qualitative Research on Posttraumatic Growth 10. Quantitative Measures of Posttraumatic Growth 11. Cross-Cultural Research 12. Developmental Research on Posttraumatic Growth 13. Posttraumatic Growth and Neurological and Biological Mechanisms 14. Ideal Research Strategies for Posttraumatic Growth SECTION III: APPLICATION 15. Facilitation of Posttraumatic Growth through Expert Companionship 16. Intervention Models for Posttraumatic Growth 17. PTG Beyond the Individual 18. Vicarious and Secondary PTG 19. Non-Posttraumatic Growth 20. Final Considerations
"It has been over twenty years since the term ‘posttraumatic growth’ was coined by Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun. In that time, these authors’ pioneering and inspirational work has helped posttraumatic growth become a flagship theme of positive psychology, one that has garnered interest from personality, social, and clinical psychologists across the world. This is a milestone book written by the leaders in the field, and it will surely set the agenda for theory, research, and practice for the next twenty years. It is a must read for all students, academics, and practitioners interested in the study of traumatic stress and how to help people overcome adversity."
Stephen Joseph, PhD, author of What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth
"This new book is a plentiful harvest of more than twenty years of international research and applied practice on posttraumatic growth. The two world-leading originators of the concept are joined by the two leading experts in international research on posttraumatic growth. What a stupendous work of diligence and scholarship!"
Andreas Maercker, PhD MD, chair and professor of psychology, Division of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention, University of Zurich
"Posttraumatic Growth is the definitive and up to date guide on trauma and positive change written by the world’s leading researchers on the subject. The remarkable depth and global reach of the book shows just how far Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun’s pioneering work has come in just a few decades. Posttraumatic Growth is required reading for anyone hoping to understand this fundamental human response to struggle."
Jim Rendon, author of Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth