Although much literature focuses on psychological distress in response to trauma, there is also a growing body of literature examining posttraumatic growth (PTG)—or positive psychological changes that occur as a result of a traumatic experience (e.g., Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996, 2004). Importantly, research shows that PTG is associated with better mental health outcomes, including less depression and more positive wellbeing (Helgelson et al., 2006). To date, there have been no studies examining bullying as a potential precursor to such growth. One purpose of the current study was to establish a relationship between bullying and the potential to experience PTG. It was predicted that the severity of bullying experiences will be positively related to PTG. Preliminary data analyses support this prediction. The implications will be discussed.
|Presenters:||Elizabeth Morgan (Undergraduate Student)
Brigitte Pace (Undergraduate Student)
|Time:||2:50 pm (Session IV)
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