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

Blackie, Laura E.R.; Roepke, Ann Marie; Hitchcott, Nicki; Joseph, Stephen


Ann Marie Roepke

Nicki Hitchcott


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.


Blackie, L. E., Roepke, A. M., Hitchcott, N., & Joseph, S. (2016). Can people experience post-traumatic growth after committing violent acts?. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2016
Publication Date Sep 13, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 14, 2016
Journal Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Print ISSN 1078-1919
Electronic ISSN 1532-7949
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 4
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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:


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