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Title: Psychological Functioning Following Violence: An Examination of Posttraumatic Growth, Distress, and Hope among Interpersonal Violence Survivors
Authors: Cabral, Christine Marie
Advisor: Stermac, Lana
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: Trauma
Interpersonal violence
Psychological functioning
Posttraumatic growth
Distress
Posttraumatic stress disorder
Depression
Hope
Issue Date: 22-Jul-2010
Abstract: Trauma research has been predominantly focused on the study of the negative psychological sequelae of traumatic experience. Recently, however, increased empirical attention has been paid to the potential for positive changes, or posttraumatic growth, derived from survivors’ struggle with trauma. There is evidence accumulating in support of this phenomenon following various types of traumatic events. Using an online, cross-sectional design, the present study examined posttraumatic growth among 143 survivors of interpersonal violence. Furthermore, the relationship between posttraumatic growth and the severity of psychological distress symptoms, as well as between growth and hope was explored. Results indicated that the severity of depressive symptoms was negatively related to growth, while the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and hope were found to positively predict growth. Associations between posttraumatic growth and demographic and interpersonal violence characteristics did not emerge. The potential implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24544
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