Posttraumatic growth among spouses of combat veterans: Adaptive or maladaptive for adjustment?

Sharon Dekel, Yafit Levin, Zahava Solomon

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between posttraumatic growth (PTG) and distress in spouses of trauma survivors. A sample of spouses of combat veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War were assessed using questionnaires pertaining to PTG, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress, in 2004 and 2011. Applying cross-lagged modeling strategy, higher PTG levels predicted higher depression and anxiety levels above and beyond initial distress. Thus, psychological growth in spouses of survivors appears to signify subsequent distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-715
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume230
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Longitudinal study
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Secondary traumatization

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