Post Traumatic Growth: If Something Not Killing Could Be Strengthened?

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JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, vol.4, no.2, pp.80-84, 2013 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/phd.2013.29392
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.80-84
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Trauma is defined as a real threat of death or death itself, emergence of a threat to the physical integrity of life, and the person can not overcome the existing methods of coping with unusual events. The negative physical consequences of traumatic events can be psychological consequences such as anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, suicide, and post traumatic disorder. There is overwhelming evidence that traumatic events can produce many negative physical and psychological consequences. Although researchers have extensively studied the negative effects of trauma, there has been much less attention paid to the possibility of the positive impact of negative events. However, there is a body of literature suggesting that people exposed to even the most traumatic events may perceive at least some good emerging from their struggle, because not all posttraumatic responses are negative. This condition is called post traumatic growth. Known properties of individuals with post traumatic growth is the important emergence of stronger support for this process in the field of health care. The current article summarizes concept of post traumatic growth.