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A theory on reports of constructive (real) and illusory posttraumatic growth

Boerner, Michaela; Joseph, Stephen; Murphy, David

Authors

Michaela Boerner



Abstract

It has been suggested that self-reported posttraumatic growth could sometimes be considered as a way for people to protect themselves from the distress of trauma. In this case, reports of posttraumatic growth could be illusory. We suggest a theory on self-reported constructive (real) posttraumatic growth and illusory posttraumatic growth by using Rogers’s (1959) theory and the work by Vaillant (1995). Through this theoretical framework we attempt to explain when reports of posttraumatic growth are likely to be constructive and real and when such reports are likely to represent aspects of illusions. We will also consider the implications for research practice.

Citation

Boerner, M., Joseph, S., & Murphy, D. (in press). A theory on reports of constructive (real) and illusory posttraumatic growth. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167817719597

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 2, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 9, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 20, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 9, 2017
Journal Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Print ISSN 0022-1678
Electronic ISSN 1552-650X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167817719597
Keywords trauma, posttraumatic growth, illusions, defensiveness, well-being, person centered, growth
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43631
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/aQaYvrBIUugwUnNBEUZk/full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information DOI not working 12/07/2017

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