Origins of PTG

A Brief Introduction to Posttraumatic Growth

October 30, 2023
Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice
Just like PTSD, posttraumatic growth is not reserved exclusively for combat veterans.
Judah Viola Ph.D.

The concept of posttraumatic growth is centuries old, but only recently has it been introduced into the fields of psychology and psychiatry as a scientifically based construct.  The term was first discussed in the literature in 1995 by psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun. Through their work with bereaved parents, they noted that many parents developed positive changes as a result of their psychological struggle following the loss of their children. Over several decades of research, it became evident that many individuals who suffer various types of trauma experience psychological growth.

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