Can people experience post-traumatic growth after committing violent acts?

Blackie, Laura E.R., Roepke, Ann Marie, Hitchcott, Nicki and Joseph, Stephen (2016) Can people experience post-traumatic growth after committing violent acts? Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22 (4). pp. 409-412. ISSN 1532-7949

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The concept of post-traumatic growth refers to the positive psychological changes that some people experience as a result of their struggle with highly stressful and often traumatic circumstances. Research into post-traumatic growth has typically focused on survivors of violent victimisation or other uncontrollable and tragic circumstances. However, emerging research into service members in the armed forces has shown that post-traumatic growth can also occur in this population. We synthesise existing research to propose a preliminary model outlining the psychosocial processes that may facilitate post-traumatic growth among people who have perpetrated acts of violence. We end by discussing some of the important questions that future theoretical and empirical work will need to address.

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Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Published by American Psychological Association and Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. A link to the published article:
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of French and Francophone Studies
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Depositing User: Blackie, Laura
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 07:51
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:12

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