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Primer on Posttraumatic Growth. An Introduction and Guide. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2212946
  • Book
  • September 2012
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
"From the inspiring chapter quotes, to relevant historical and current research, to practical clinical directions, Primer on Posttraumatic Growth takes a giant step toward both grounding us and moving us ahead with strong hope for adjustment and growth in the post-trauma/loss world. This is a comprehensive, practical, and readable work that should be at hand for any mental health clinician, pastoral care professional, or student preparing for these professions."
- J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT, author of Helping Grieving People - When Tears Are Not Enough: A Handbook for Care Providers, Second Edition

A guide for helping your clients overcome negative events, based on the latest research on posttraumatic growth

Drawing on the growing empirical and theoretical material on posttraumatic growth - an outgrowth of the positive psychology movement - Primer on Posttraumatic Growth provides insight, depth, and treatment recommendations for both the clinicians who work with those who have experienced dramatic negative events in their lives and for other professionals who support victims of trauma and extreme stress.

This essential primer examines:

  • The connections between meaning and growth
  • The impact of cognitive processing on posttraumatic growth
  • Positive emotion and posttraumatic growth
  • Posttraumatic growth and an "open" personality
  • The human drive to be in positive and important interpersonal relationships
  • Forgiveness: can it be extended towards all areas of posttraumatic growth?
  • Posttraumatic growth and religious and spiritual variables
  • Wisdom and posttraumatic growth
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Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 ? Posttraumatic Growth: Concise History, Definitions, and Implications 1

2 ? Posttraumatic Growth: Truth or Myth? 35

3 ? Meaning 57

4 ? Cognitive Processing 77

5 ? Positive Emotions and Growth 95

6 ? Personality and Personal Attributes 113

7 ? Relationships 129

8 ? Forgiveness 145

9 ? Faith, Suffering, and Religious Coping 159

On the Road to Wisdom: Being a Mindful Companion on the Path to Posttraumatic Growth: An Epilogue 179

References 199

Subject Index 221

Author Index 227

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Mary Beth Werdel Fordham University.

Robert J. Wicks Loyola University, Maryland.
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