Posttraumatic Growth and Disability: On Happiness, Positivity, and Meaning

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Title: Posttraumatic Growth and Disability: On Happiness, Positivity, and Meaning
Author: HAYWARD, HSIEN
Citation: HAYWARD, HSIEN. 2013. Posttraumatic Growth and Disability: On Happiness, Positivity, and Meaning. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract: The field of psychology has traditionally focused on the deleterious effects of adversity to the exclusion of positive effects. However, a literature on positive sequelae of traumatic events has burgeoned over the past decade. The issue of whether individual's reports of positive changes are merely illusory self-enhancing biases or are reflective of objective, quantifiable change is perhaps the most contentious in the posttraumatic growth research at this time. This dissertation begins with a broad overview of the extant research on posttraumatic growth, then presents the evidence supporting each side of the validity debate. As the population studied in this dissertation is adults with traumatic-onset spinal cord injuries, a presentation of research that ties disability to the posttraumatic growth literature follows. Finally, the introductory chapter concludes with an argument for the importance of including a disability perspective in psychological science. Three papers follow, each taking up aspects of this relatively new focus on positive aspects of disability.
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