Posts Tagged With: Posttraumatic Growth

Kana Headlines APA Main Stage 2021!

The APA (American Psychological Association) Annual Convention will be held virtually in August 12-14 this year.

Kana participated in the Saturday main stage headline session with Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi and answered a few questions, such as:

  • What does posttraumatic growth look like?
  • What is the first step toward growth after a traumatic experience?
  • Is PTG something that requires support from a trained professional?
  • What do you do to set yourself up for growth?

Taku, K. (2021, August). Growing from our Traumatic Experiences. Invited interview for the Main Stage session, “The Science of Resilience – Bounce Back from Adversity”, at the 129th American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Online.

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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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Posttraumatic Growth Lab Members Prepare for APA in August 2014


  • A very exciting time for Dr. Taku, Sharell Elam, and Kellie McGuire.  Lab members and Dr. Taku’s study abstracts were accepted into American Psychological Association Conference in August. They are presenting their research, Effects of Priming the Shared Traumatic Experiences on Posttraumatic Growth.  Their research stemmed from the curiosity to find out if people report higher PTG when they know that their listener has also experienced PTG. The purpose was to test this hypothesis using a randomized priming experimental method focusing on two types of highly stressful life events: death and romantic relationships. Their results show that PTG was affected for individuals who experienced a romantic issue by priming the imaginary listener’s traumatic experiences, but not for people who lost their loved ones. Results may indicate that the effect of the individual to relate to the listener’s experience may vary depending on the  circumstances. These findings may have positive and negative implications when applied in real world scenarios.
  • Taku, K., McGuire, K., & Elam, S. G. (2014, August planned). Effects of priming the shared traumatic experiences on posttraumatic growth. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 1 – General Psychology Division, Washington, DC.
  • Taku, K., Tedeschi, R. G., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2014, August planned). Core beliefs, rumination, and posttraumatic growth resulting from earthquake in Japan. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 56 – Trauma Division, Washington, DC.
  • Tedeschi, R. G., Taku, K., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2014, August planned). Spiritual and existential posttraumatic growth in Japan and in the United States. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 67 – Religion Division, Washington, DC.
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