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Examining the Relationship between Resilience, Time, and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) in an Irish Sample

Bocotan, Lidia (2021) Examining the Relationship between Resilience, Time, and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) in an Irish Sample. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Background: The advent of positive psychology movement formed a pathway toward salutogenic approach in the treatment of common mental health disorders. Posttraumatic growth [PTG] refers to positive and transformative psychological changes that occurs as a result of deliberate effort of coping with adverse life experiences.

Objective: The present study aimed to examine the relationship between resilience, time, and PTG in a non-clinical, Irish sample.

Methods: This study adopted a quantitative, cross-sectional design. Applying a non-probability convenience sampling technique, participants (N=103) were recruited online, completing a shared Google questionnaire including demographic information, the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC), and the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI).

Results: Hierarchical multiple regression analysis supported the notion that time since traumatic event and resilience predicted a significant amount of variance in posttraumatic growth in a non-clinical, Irish sample.

Conclusion: Individuals exposed to traumatic experiences exhibit PTG over time, and resilience showed a stable trajectory in our sample. Promoting resilience contributes to a supporting framework, that optimizes public health and advance positive mental health to a greater societal level. More longitudinal studies are needed to evaluate and determine the direction between resilience and posttraumatic growth with a greater emphasis on the timing factor. Practical implications discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience; Elapsed time; Posttraumatic growth; Mental health; Ireland
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 17:39
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:20

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