We thank the survivors for their participation, and we are grateful to Lars Weisæth MD, PhD, and Marit Gilje Jaatun, MD, for their contributions in the first wave of data collection. We also thank Stian Lydersen for statistical advice. This study is financed by the EXTRA funds from the Norwegian Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation through the Norwegian Council for Mental Health.
Long-term perspectives on posttraumatic growth in disaster survivors†
Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 413–416, June 2010
How to Cite
Holgersen, K. H., Boe, H. J. and Holen, A. (2010), Long-term perspectives on posttraumatic growth in disaster survivors. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 413–416. doi: 10.1002/jts.20530
- Issue online: 16 JUN 2010
- Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2010
Findings on posttraumatic growth (PTG) and distress have not been consistent. This study examines the relationship in a very long-term perspective. The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory was completed by 46 survivors from a single disaster 27 years posttrauma. Posttraumatic stress was measured by the Impact of Event Scale (IES) immediately after the event, and after 1, 5, and 27 years. In the final follow-up, general mental health was also assessed. Strong positive associations were found between PTG and concurrent posttraumatic stress. Although weaker associations were found for the past, concurrent problems in general mental health clearly coexisted with PTG decades after a disaster, yet mediated by IES.