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Title: Understanding posttraumatic growth : an analysis of longitudinal research and the moderating effect of resilience
Author: Russon, Simon
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 8022
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis consists of three chapters: A literature review, an empirical study and a reflective account of the research process. The overarching theme of the thesis is posttraumatic growth (PTG), which is defined as positive psychological changes that occur during the aftermath of traumatic events. The literature review examines the findings from 31 longitudinal studies and explores associations between PTG and various demographic, personality, religious, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural factors. Research examining the relationship between PTG and psychological adjustment is presented and interventional attempts to facilitate PTG are reviewed. The closing section includes a discussion of limitations to the identified studies and reflections on the implications the findings of this review have for research and clinical practice. The empirical study investigates the relationship between PTG and resilience in a sample of 121 student paramedics. All participants indentified PTG however there was large variability within the scores. PTG correlated positively with responses to an item assessing the emotional impact of the most serious incident attended, however no significant effects were found for resilience. Response bias may have had an impact on a number of study variables but this is uncertain given the poor performance of the social desirability scale on a measure of internal consistency. Student paramedics appear able to experience PTG however the relationship the construct shares with resilience remains an issue for further research. The reflective account focuses on the research journey. Here I provide reflections on different aspects of the project; consider what I have learnt from these experiences and reflect on the overall impact completing the thesis has had on me.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: BF Psychology