chapter  9
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Posttraumatic Growth: Future Directions

ByLawrence G. Calhoun, Richard G. Tedeschi

To paraphrase the ancient sage, the more we know about posttraumatic growth (PTG), the more we know that we do not know very much. This volume demonstrates, however, that there are a variety of aspects about which we have some reliable data. It is clear that individuals who have faced a wide array of negative life challenges report that their struggle with those difficulties have, paradoxically, had positive effects on their lives. It is the personal struggle precipitated by the environmental demands, rather than the events themselves, that sets into motion the cluster of changes that we call posttraumatic growth.