Post –traumatic growth following adversity: Cross cultural perspective

Splevins, Katie; Cohen, Keren; Morray, Craig; Bowley, Jack and Joseph, Stephen. 2010. Post –traumatic growth following adversity: Cross cultural perspective. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 15(3), pp. 259-277. [Article]

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Posttraumatic growth is a concept that has been established within a Western cultural framework. This review examines whether there is a Western cultural bias in this concept, and related processes and outcomes, and whether any cultural bias has been incorporated into associated psychometric tools. It is concluded that, although at an abstract level the concept of posttraumatic growth appears cross-culturally valid, the operationalization of the concept may serve to impose assumptions of a Western individualistic society. The impact of this for the emerging cross-cultural literature on posttraumatic growth is discussed, alongside recommendations for future research.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)



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23 May 2011 10:22

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10 Jul 2017 08:28

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