Six-year longitudinal predictors of posttraumatic growth in parentally bereaved adolescent and young adults

Sharlene Wolchik, Stefany Coxe, Jenn-Yun Tein, Irwin Sandler, Tim S. Ayers

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Using the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, we examined posttraumatic growth in a sample of 50 adolescents and young adults who had experienced parental death in childhood or adolescence. Longitudinal relations were examined between baseline measures of contextual and intraindividual factors and scores on the posttraumatic growth subscales (i.e., New Possibilities, Relating to Others, Personal Strengths, Spiritual Changes, and Appreciation of Life) six years later. Controlling for time since death, threat appraisals, active coping, avoidant coping, seeking support from parents or guardians, seeking support from other adults, internalizing problems, and externalizing problems were significant predictors of posttraumatic growth. The implications of these findings for research and clinical practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-128
Number of pages22
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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