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Positive Outcomes Following Bereavement: Paths to Posttraumatic Growth

Authors:

Lawrence G Calhoun ,

University of North Carolina, US
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Richard G Tedeschi,

University of North Carolina, US
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Arnie Cann,

University of North Carolina, US
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Emily A Hanks

US
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Abstract

Recent theory and research have drawn attention to the need to better understand the positive changes, termed posttraumatic growth, that often occur in bereaved individuals; even as negative emotions related to grief persist. We describe five dimensions of posttraumatic growth and present a model for understanding how the loss of a close other can eventually lead to a recognition of important positive personal changes. Loss, especially unexpected loss, disrupts an individual's beliefs about the world and initiates a process of rebuilding an understanding. During this process, many people come to realise their own strengths, appreciate the impact of their relationships, and have new spiritual insights. A strategy for facilitating growth during clinical work also is described.
How to Cite: Calhoun, L.G. et al., (2010). Positive Outcomes Following Bereavement: Paths to Posttraumatic Growth. Psychologica Belgica. 50(1-2), pp.125–143. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-50-1-2-125
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Published on 01 Sep 2010.
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