Fixing the Growth Illusion

New Directions for Research in Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth

Frank Infurna, Eranda Jayawickreme

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Abstract

The literature on resilience and posttraumatic growth has been instrumental in highlighting the human capacity to overcome adversity by illuminating that there are different pathways individuals may follow. Although the theme of strength from adversity is attractive and central to many disciplines and certain cultural narratives, this claim lacks robust empirical evidence. Specific issues include methodological approaches of using growth-mixture modeling in resilience research and retrospective assessments of growth. Conceptually, limitations exist in the examination of which outcomes are most appropriate for studying resilience and growth. We discuss new research intended to overcome these limitations, with a focus on prospective longitudinal designs and the value of integrating these disciplines for furthering our understanding of the human capacity to overcome adversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • adaptation
  • adversity
  • methodological approaches to studying adversity
  • posttraumatic growth
  • resilience

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  • Psychology(all)

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