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The Foundations of Posttraumatic Growth: An Expanded Framework

The idea that difficult life struggles can lead human beings to change, sometimes in radically positive ways, is neither recent nor something that was “discovered” by social and behavioral researchers or clinicians. As we and others (Saakvitne, Tennen, & Affleck, 1998; Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1995) have indicated the assumption that, at least for some people, an encounter with trauma,1 which may contain elements of great suffering and loss, can lead to highly positive changes in the individual is ancient and widespread.