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What counts as positive growth following trauma? The conceptual difficulties of spiritual/religious change

What counts as positive growth following trauma? The conceptual difficulties of spiritual/religious change

Robinson, Oliver (2014) What counts as positive growth following trauma? The conceptual difficulties of spiritual/religious change. European Journal of Personality, 28 (4). pp. 346-347. ISSN 0890-2070 (Print), 1099-0984 (Online) (doi:10.1002/per.1970)

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Abstract

Jayawickreme and Blackie refer frequently to 'positive' personality change following trauma, but avoid discussing ambiguities regarding what the word positive means in different domains, for example the area of spiritual/religious belief. Three of the most widely used post-traumatic growth measures specify that increased belief in God following trauma is indicative of positive change, and decreased theistic belief reflects negative change. Here I question this value judgement, propose conceptual clarification on what kinds of changes reflect growth, and suggest various criteria for evaluating post-traumatic change (or indeed any personality change) as positive.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-traumatic growth, spirituality, religion
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 11:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14178

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