Strategies for assessing the potential for positive adjustment following trauma

Authors

  • Judith A. Lyons

    1. Trauma Recovery Program, Jackson Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1500 East Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, Mississippi 39216
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Abstract

The subset of survivors who evidence resilience rather than pathology following trauma is frequently overlooked in empirical studies and theoretical discussions of PTSD. Susceptibility to dysfunction is clearly not a simple function of individual fortitude. The present paper discusses the complex interplay of variables which may influence post-trauma adjustment and suggests assessment instruments which may be useful in future research on this topic.

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