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A grounded theory approach to understanding cultural differences in posttraumatic growth


Shakespeare-Finch, JE and Copping, A, A grounded theory approach to understanding cultural differences in posttraumatic growth, Journal of Loss and Trauma, 11, (5) pp. 355-371. ISSN 1532-5024 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/15325020600671949


The last decade has seen a surge of research move away from a pathogenic paradigm of trauma to embrace a positive psychological approach. Research has predominantly used instruments such as the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory to ascertain levels of positive posttrauma change, yielding mixed results across cultures. Addressing a gap in current knowledge, this article uses a grounded theory approach to discover dimensions of posttraumatic growth in an Australian population. Results indicate that there are commonalities between Australian and U.S. populations in the experience of posttraumatic growth and also some differences, specifically in the areas of spirituality, religiosity, and compassion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Social and Community Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Shakespeare-Finch, JE (Dr Jane Shakespeare-Finch)
UTAS Author:Copping, A (Ms Alicia Copping)
ID Code:40346
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-08

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