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Post-Traumatic Growth: Evidence, Controversies, New Directions

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY EVENT SPONSORED BY THE GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE: Many have argued that experiencing some adversity is a necessary condition for the full development of one's personality, and psychologists have further demonstrated that adversity can lead to the development of post-traumatic growth (PTG) - positive psychological changes that people notice in their relationships, priorities in life, and self-perception after experiences of adversity (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004). However, research into PTG has been severely critiqued, as many researchers question the veracity of self-perceived PTG, arguing instead that these reports may reflect motivated positive illusions. In this talk, I will discuss theories and controversies surrounding PTG, discuss relevant research findings, and outline some ways forward for rigorous research.

Start Date
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Start Time
12:00 pm
Trent 040