A theory on reports of constructive (real) and illusory posttraumatic growth

Boerner, Michaela and Joseph, Stephen and Murphy, David (2017) A theory on reports of constructive (real) and illusory posttraumatic growth. Journal of Humanistic Psychology . ISSN 1552-650X

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Abstract

It has been suggested that self-reported posttraumatic growth could sometimes be considered as a way for people to protect themselves from the distress of trauma. In this case, reports of posttraumatic growth could be illusory. We suggest a theory on self-reported constructive (real) posttraumatic growth and illusory posttraumatic growth by using Rogers’s (1959) theory and the work by Vaillant (1995). Through this theoretical framework we attempt to explain when reports of posttraumatic growth are likely to be constructive and real and when such reports are likely to represent aspects of illusions. We will also consider the implications for research practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: DOI not working 12/07/2017
Keywords: trauma, posttraumatic growth, illusions, defensiveness, well-being, person centered, growth
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: 10.1177/0022167817719597
Depositing User: Murphy, David
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 12:50
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 00:05
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43631

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