Journal Club begins!


IMG_9492 IMG_3971The PTG lab has created Journal Club.  This gives each lab member the opportunity to share an article related to PTG, along with allowing the other members to enhance their knowledge about PTG.  The first lab member to participate in Journal Club was Insia Thomas, and here is what she had to say about what she presented:

“The purpose of this study was to examine whether posttraumatic growth (PTG) would significantly increase in C’ote d’Ivoire citizens seeking political refuge in Liberia, using the Companion Recovery (CR) Model.  In addition to enhancing PTG, the intention was to provide sustainable and effective tools that would facilitate continued growth in a population subjected to profound catastrophic trauma.  Implementing the CR model was logical, as the methods are specifically designed to be used in volatile populations without access to mental health professionals and during times when indigenous peoples can be trained in CR to support recovery from within the community.

The results showed that training in the CR model significantly changed PTGi scores from their corresponding pre-tests in all domains of PTG, except Spiritual Growth. The lack of significant results can be attributed to the fact that Ivorian citizens already exhibit strong religious beliefs that are unlikely to increase secondary to a ceiling effect.

 In addition to changes in PTGi scores post CR model training, gender differences were found in specific domains.  Specifically, males showed more growth in, New Possibilities, Relating to Others and Appreciation of Life, than their female counterparts. This can be attributed to the cultural uniqueness of the Ivorian population that functions in a patriarchal society where men are the main providers and are responsible for the overall care of the family.”

If you would like to read this article in more detail, please click here.  This is a great article to read and will definitely expand your knowledge of PTG!

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