Trauma, Recovery, and Growth: Positive Psychological Perspectives on Posttraumatic Stress / Edition 1

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It is known that exposure to stressful and traumatic events can have severe and chronic psychological consequences. At the same time-mindful of the suffering often caused by trauma-there is also a growing body of evidence testifying to posttraumatic growth: the positive psychological changes that can result for survivors of trauma.

Blending these two areas of research and exploring the relevance of positive psychology to trauma practice, Trauma, Recovery, and Growth: Positive Psychological Perspectives on Posttraumatic Stress provides clinicians with the resources they need to implement positive psychology interventions in their trauma treatment across a spectrum of therapeutic perspectives, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, and group therapies.

Featuring contributions by internationally renowned researchers and practitioners and edited by experts in the field of positive psychology who have worked with survivors of trauma in the facilitation of their resilience, recovery, and growth, this timely book is divided into four parts: Toward an Integrative Positive Psychology of Posttraumatic Experience, Growth and Distress in Social, Community, and Interpersonal Contexts, Clinical Approaches and Therapeutic Experiences of Managing Distress and Facilitating Growth, Beyond the Stress-Growth Distinction: Issues at the Cutting Edge of Theory and Practice.

Trauma, Recovery, and Growth explores the role positive psychology can play in how clinical practitioners treat and work with survivors of stressful and traumatic events and offers an optimistic perspective in the treatment of those who suffer posttraumatic stress following devastating events suchas terrorist attacks, childhood sexual abuse, cancer, and war.

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"The first section of this book provides a concise overview of the history of treating posttraumatic stress, which has in the past focused on an illness ideology that emphasizes deficits and abnormal functioning as opposed to health adaptation." (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Winter 2009)

"In sum, TRG is an important contribution to the growing literature on positive psychology. It should be on the reading list of any clinician who is dealing with trauma survivors. It presents a welcome contrast to the immense volume of material on psychopathology following trauma." (PsycCRITIQUES; 1/28/09)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470075029
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Contributors     ix
Toward an Integrative Positive Psychology of Posttraumatic Experience
Positive Psychological Perspectives on Posttraumatic Stress: An Integrative Psychosocial Framework   Stephen Joseph   P. Alex Linley     3
Psychological Assessment of Growth Following Adversity: A Review   Stephen Joseph   P. Alex Linley     21
Growth and Distress in Social, Community, and Interpersonal Contexts
Resilience and Thriving in a Time of Terrorism   Leslie A. Morland   Lisa D. Butler   Gregory A. Leskin     39
Positive Effects of Terrorism and Posttraumatic Growth: An Individual and Community Perspective   Carmelo Vazquez   Pau Perez-Sales   Gonzalo Hervas     63
Posttraumatic Growth and Immigration: Theory, Research, and Practice Implications   Tzipi Weiss   Roni Berger     93
Broken Vows: Divorce as a Spiritual Trauma and Its Implications for Growth and Decline   Annette Mahoney   Elizabeth J. Krumrei   Kenneth I. Pargament     105
Growth through Loss and Adversity in Close Relationships   John H. Harvey     125
Beyond Survival: Growing out of Childhood Sexual Abuse   Rachel Lev-Wiesel     145
Posttraumatic Growth Following Sexual Assault   Patricia A. Frazier   Margit I. Berman     161
Clinical Approaches and Therapeutic Experiences of Managing Distress and Facilitating Growth
Facilitating Posttraumatic Growth Following Cancer   Matthew J. Cordova     185
Group-Based Therapies for Benefit Finding in Cancer   Suzanne C. Lechner   Brenda L. Stoelb   Michael H. Antoni     207
Using a Life Span Model to Promote Recovery and Growth in Traumatized Veterans   Judith A. Lyons     233
Recovery from Brain Injury and Positive Rehabilitation Practice   Joanna Collicutt McGrath     259
Professional Quality of Life and Trauma Therapists   Debra Larsen   Beth Hudnall Stamm     275
Beyond the Stress-Growth Distinction: Issues at the Cutting Edge of Theory and Practice
A Contrarian View of Growth Following Adversity   Julian D. Ford   Howard Tennen   David Albert     297
The Paradox of Struggling with Trauma: Guidelines for Practice and Directions for Research   Lawrence G. Calhoun   Richard G. Tedeschi     325
Reflections on Theory and Practice in Trauma, Recovery, and Growth: A Paradigm Shift for the Field of Traumatic Stress   Stephen Joseph   P. Alex Linley     339
Author Index     357
Subject Index      365
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