The second week of November, the PTG Lab visited Dallas, Texas to present their research at the 32nd Annual Meeting of ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies). Whitney Dominck, Leah McDiarmid (Easter Michigan University), Maggie Britton (University of Houston) and Dr. Taku presented their posters and symposium.
In addition, lab members were able to learn new research findings and speak with other PTG researchers.
Dr. Samuel Ho (Hong Kong), Dr. Cengiz Kilic and his friends (Turkey), Leah, Maggie, Whitney, Ana Orejuela, Dr. Jane Shakespeare-Finch (Australia), Dr. Taku, and Dr. Rich Tedeschi (from left)
Lab member, Kyle, presented an empirical article,“Judeo-Christian clergy and personal crisis: Religion, posttraumatic growth and well being”. Presenting an article to the lab gives first semester lab members a chance to improve their research skills and present their research interests. The purpose of this study was to look at the relationships between religious coping, rumination, social constraint, PTG and well-being in a sample of clergy-persons. Results showed higher levels of PTG in clergy who use religious coping after going through a stressful event. Reporting higher levels of rumination shortly after an event were also positively correlated with higher levels of PTG. Kyle hopes to study the relationships between religion, resiliency, and PTG during his time in the lab.
Lauren, Geena, Shelby, and Aundreah’s study has been published in the Meeting of Minds Journal of Undergraduate Research!
Harrison, L., Osowski, G., Seyburn, S., & Walenski, A. (2016). Wrongdoers and instigators: Stress and posttraumatic growth in a sample of high school students. Meeting of Minds Journal of Undergraduate Research, 18.
PTG is discussed in the APA (American Psychological Association)’s magazine, Monitor on Psychology. Dr. Taku’s brief comments are also included.
Dr. Taku’s new research examining the effects of mortality salience and personality on PTG has been funded and introduced in OU Research Magazine.