1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth

Edited By Roni Berger Copyright 2024
    606 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth offers a rich covering of approaches to different traumatic and stressful experiences in relation to posttraumatic growth (PTG).

    This handbook explores the benefits that individuals, couples, families, organizations, and communities can experience following the struggle with highly stressful and potentially traumatic events. Split into seven parts and written by a diverse international team of multidisciplinary contributors who provide a comprehensive overview of PTG, topics include religious and spiritual aspects of PTG, gender in PTG, PTG in LGBTQ+, perinatal bereavement, and more.

    The Routledge International Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth represents an essential resource for students, researchers, and professionals, including social workers, psychologists, nurses, mental health counselors, and psychiatrists.

    Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license

    Part 1: PTG: The Concept, Its Evolving, Components, and Relevant Dimensions of the PTG model

    1. The Goal, Rationale, and Organization of the Book

    Roni Berger

    2. Epigenetic Markers of Posttraumatic Growth

    Kenzie Rubens, Jane Shakespeare-Finch, Divya Mehta, and Dagmar Bruenig

    3. Illusory versus Constructive Posttraumatic Growth in Cancer

    Samuel M.Y. Ho and Chih-Tao Cheng

    4. Application of a Theoretical Model of Posttraumatic Growth to Distinguish between Posttraumatic Growth and Illusory Growth

    Whitney Dominick and Kanako Taku

    5. Sex, Gender, and Their Role in Posttraumatic Growth

    Liat Helpman

    6. PTG Journey with Heidegger's "Authentic" Self and Yunus Emre's "Miskin" (Fulfilled/Grounded) Self

    Pinar Dursun and Pinar Alyagut

    7. Posttraumatic Growth and Resilience

    Taylor Elam, Colin O'Brien, and Kanako Taku 

    8. An Agenda for the Next Generation of Posttraumatic Growth Research

    Rowan Kemmerly, Howard Tennen, and Eranda Jayawickreme 

    Part 2: Cultural Contexts of PTG: How the Environment Shapes the Phenomenon 

    9. The Role of Culture in PTG: How Socio-Political Context Shapes the Process, Dynamics, and Outcomes

    Roni Berger and Eyal Klonover

    10. Culture, Trauma, and PTG: Insights from Tibetan Refugees 

    Hussain Dilwar

    11. Posttraumatic Growth among Filipina/x/o Americans

    Kari Tabag

    12. Posttraumatic Growth in LGBTQ+ Populations

    Claudia Zavala

    Part 3: Developmental Aspects of PTG

    13. Posttraumatic Growth in Children and Youth

    Ryan P. Kilmer, Laura Marie Armstrong, and Janelle T. Billingsley

    14. Posttraumatic Growth in Grown Orphaned Child Survivors of Genocide in Guatemala

    Shirley A. Heying and David C. Witherington

    15. PTG in Emerging Adults

    Steven D. Schmidt

    16. Post-Traumatic Growth among Older Adults

    Emre Senol-Durak and Mithat Durak

    Part 4: PTG in Relational Systems

    Part 4A: PTG in Couples

    17. PTG in Couples Struggling with Infertility

    Marilyn S. Paul

    Part 4B: PTG in Families

    18. PTG in Parents of Young Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Victoria Grinman

    19. Posttraumatic Growth in Adulthood Following Child, Early, and Forced Marriages

    Ayten Zara and Zeynep Akbudak

    20. Posttraumatic Growth in Survivors of Domestic Abuse in Scotland

    Julien le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, Breda Cullen, and Clare McFeely

    21. Perinatal Bereavement and Posttraumatic Growth: Research Findings and Clinical Implications

    Olga O. Thomadaki

    22. Parenting and Growth in the Context of Pediatric Palliative Care

    Susan Cadell and Jessica Furtado

    23. Walking Through Different Worlds: The Experience of Posttraumatic Growth in Childhood Cancer Survivors and Their Families

    Marta Tremolada and Sabrina Bonichini

    Part 4C: PTG in Communities

    24. Posttraumatic Growth during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    Dana Rose Garfin, Ana Laura Estevez, and Michelle Veronica Zernick

    25. Posttraumatic Growth and Psychosocial Adjustment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

    Zeynep Şimşir Gökalp and H. İrem Özteke Kozan

    26. Growing through Adversity: The Case of Survivors of The Gukurahundi Genocide in Mathebeleland, Zimbabwe

    Dumisani Maqeda Ngwenya

    Part 4D: PTG in Organizations

    27. Organizational Posttraumatic Growth: Beyond Crisis Management and Resilience

    Benjamin N. B. Alexander, Bruce Greenbaum, and Abraham B. (Rami) Shani

    Part 5: PTG in the Context of Diverse Stressors

    28. Posttraumatic Growth in the Context of Illness

    Allison Marziliano, Anne Moyer, and Malwina Tuman

    29. Posttraumatic Growth and Cardiovascular Diseases

    Amy Ai and Beren Crim Sabuncu

    30. Social Perspective toward the Posttraumatic Growth of Potentially COVID-19-Infected Individuals: Perceived Stigma and Social Identity

    Wenjie Duan, Ye Tao, and Along He

    31. Posttraumatic Growth Experiences among People Living with HIV

    India Amos

    32. Posttraumatic Growth in Acquired Brain Injury: A Narrative Review

    Lowri Wilkie, Pamela Arroyo, Andrew Kemp, and Zoe Fisher

    33. Adversarial Growth in Persons with Vision Impairment

    Bozena Maria Sztonyk

    34. The Pains and Gains of Imprisonment: Posttraumatic Growth among Incarcerated Individuals

    Esther F.J.C van Ginneken

    35. Posttraumatic Growth Among Military Veterans

    Michael A. LaRocca

    36. Posttraumatic Growth in the Context of Traumatic Loss

    Leia Y. Saltzman, Sophie Brickman, and Michal Toporek

    37. Blooming in Unlikely Places: Posttraumatic Growth in Survivors of Sex Trafficking

    Heather Evans

    Part 6: Vicarious PTG: Growth of "Others" by Affiliation 

    38. Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth: The Benefits of Indirect Exposure to Trauma

    Nina Ogińska-Bulik and Zygfryd Juczyński

    39. Secondary Posttraumatic Growth and Resilience in Shared Traumatic Situations

    Orit Nuttman-Schwartz

    40. Vicarious Resilience in Clinical Supervision: Finding Hummingbirds’ Nectar

    Pilar Hernández-Wolfe, Victoria Acevedo, and Lauren D’Agostino

    41. Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Social Workers: The Israeli Case

    Anat Ben-Porat

    42. Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth (VPTG) in Trauma Researchers

    Roni Berger

    Part 7: Interventions for Facilitating PTG

    43. PhotoVoice as a Vehicle for Promoting Posttraumatic Growth

    Elizabeth Counselman-Carpenter

    44. Enhancing PTG in a Couple’s PTSD Intervention: Clients’ and Therapists’ Successes and Challenges

    Rachel Dekel and Yael Shoval

    45. Interventions for Enhancing Posttraumatic Growth Following a Physical Disease

    Catarina Ramos, Romina Nunes, and Margarida Almeida

    46. A Community-based Intervention to Enhance Posttraumatic Growth among Refugees in Receiving Societies

    Virginia Paloma, Sara M. Martínez-Damia, Irene de la Morena, Clara López-Torres, and Isabel Berbel


    Roni Berger, PhD, LCSW, is a professor of social work at Adelphi University in New York, USA. She was born and raised in Israel, and holds a BSW, MSW, and PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Tel Aviv University Medical School. Dr. Berger has received several awards and grants and is a recipient of Fulbright Senior Specialist awards.

    "Dr Roni Berger has assembled a large group of authors from around the world to provide an international perspective on posttraumatic growth that demonstrates the universality of this phenomenon. The massive volume will be an invaluable addition to libraries where researchers and students are developing research projects, theses and dissertations. They will relish finding these reviews of virtually any topic of interest in the world of posttraumatic growth."

    Richard G. Tedeschi, PhD, Executive Director, Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth

    "The Routledge International Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth is the single most comprehensive volume on posttraumatic growth to date. With contributions from scholars all over the world, it is a unique resource on an important topic. It is indispensable."

    Lawrence G. Calhoun, Professor Emeritus of Psychological Science at UNC Charlotte.