Monthly Archives: November 2014

Coming Soon in the Lab


Fall semester is coming to an end but there is a lot more to come.

  • We have completed a high school intervention at two schools throughout the semester.  Research assistants visited local high schools and presented and discussed PTG to the students. Next semester there are three more schools to visit.  Once data is collected and coded we will be able to analyze the data and present our findings at future events.
  • Two studies are currently under review for poster presentation at the 2015 APA conference that will be held in Toronto next August.
    • Walenski, A., Taku, K., & LaLonde, L. (2015, August planned). Cross-cultural differences in the relationships between hope and posttraumatic growth. Poster session is currently under review for the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 32 – Humanistic Psychology Division, Washington, DC.
    • LaLonde, L., Taku, K., & Walenski, A. (2015, August planned). Personally important posttraumatic growth as a predictor of self-esteem in adolescents. Poster session is currently under review for the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 1 – General Psychology Division, Washington, DC.
  • Dr. Taku is also working with Drs. Tedeschi and Shakespeare-Finch to develop a symposium about PTG in healthcare providers.
  • Another member, Sharell Elam, is also working on her independent honors thesis.  She is currently in the process of getting her study approved with the IRB.
  • Reporter Deanna Lites interviewed Dr. Taku about research on PTG.  Here is a clip that was aired on WWJ Newsradio.
    • Listen here for a macbook.
    • Listen here for a PC.
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Dr. Taku Presents at Conference in Japan

In early November Dr. Taku traveled to Japan to present her Symposium Experiences of Personal Growth Resulting from Trauma: Posttraumatic Growth. The Symposium was presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of The Japanese Association of Educational Psychology.


Pictured above from left to right: Drs. Katsuya Yamori, Yuji Sakano, Tatsuo Ujiie, Kanako Taku, and Seiichi Saito

Dr. Taku discussed possible reasons why Japanese consistently  report lower growth on the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) across research. Dr. Taku explained  Japanese participants also report lower scores on the Core-belief inventory (CBI), suggesting that Japanese participants beliefs are not as shaken from trauma, even after the March 11th earthquake, suggesting that those raised in the Japanese culture are more resilient to stress and trauma, leading Japanese to report less growth on the PTGI as Americans. Dr. Taku also brought up that cultural norms may be another reason why Japanese tend to report lower growth.  Japanese culture may be more hesitant to articulate positive changes from trauma in fear of others who may still be struggling with trauma and stress.

So what does all this mean?  It is not that Japanese do not experience the growth or positive psychological changes after trauma but may be more hesitant to report and articulate those changes.  It is necessary to examine the importance of positive psychological changes in differing populations.  Although Americans may be able to express their positive changes more easily because of the acceptance of positive changes in the culture, it does not mean they actually experience more growth than Japanese.  Further research in this area is necessary to understand how to capture posttraumatic growth and develop a culture-sensitive intervention program in different populations and.


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Updates from the PTG Lab

AAF9875-36The Posttraumatic Growth Lab is currently finishing the last round of interviews for applicants interested in the Winter 2015 Research Assistant position.We are currently only accepting students for the Fall 2015 semester.

There is also exciting news about Dr. Taku and here accomplishments at Oakland University!  Dr. Taku has received tenure for her record of research and exemplary teaching and service.  Dr. Taku is pictured with Dr. James Lentini the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (left) and the Oakland University President, George W. Hynd (right).

Dr. Taku was also nominated and recognized with 22 other OU faculty with an Inspiration Award from the Honors College.  Click link to learn more about the award.

Dr. Taku’s nomination for the Inspiration Award

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