The multiple faces of post-traumatic growth

Ruth Pat-Horenczyk*, Danny Brom

*Corresponding author for this work

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The concept of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) creates an interesting challenge for researchers and theorists in the trauma field. Hobfoll et al. examine the concept and strengthen the need for refining the understanding of traumatic growth in the face of terrorism. They raise and "zoom in" on central questions regarding this relatively new concept. Moreover, they significantly contribute to the emerging doubts about the positive nature of PTG and its adaptive significance. As a result of this article we can ask the question whether or not PTG should be promoted in the aftermath of disasters and adversities. In this commentary we will discuss the relationship between the current thinking on PTG and the development of the concepts of trauma and resilience. We will then critically discuss the research findings of Hobfoll and end with some comments on the differentiation between the cognitive and the action components of PTG presented by the authors.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


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