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Posttraumatic growth in the context of heart disease

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alia Sheikh


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The concept of positive consequences arising as a result of coping with traumatic experiences, such as life-threatening illness, represents an emerging area of empirical study in the stress and health literature. This study investigates three specific psychosocial variables (personality, social support, and coping) in relation to posttraumatic growth in a population of individuals coping with heart disease. The results indicate that Extraversion was the most significant predictor of growth, and there is evidence that Problem-Focused Coping partially mediated this relationship between Extraversion and posttraumatic growth. The role of Social Support Satisfaction in predicting growth remains unclear. Findings emphasize the importance of personal and environmental factors in psychological interventions aimed at improving the adjustment and posttraumatic growth of heart patients. Directions for future research are proposed. © 2004 Springer Science Business Media, Inc.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sheikh AI

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

Year: 2004

Volume: 11

Issue: 4

Pages: 265-273

ISSN (print): 1068-9583

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3572

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1023/B:JOCS.0000045346.76242.73


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