Examining the relationship between resilience and posttraumatic growth

Stephen Z. Levine, Avital Laufer, Einat Stein, Yaira Hamama-Raz, Zahava Solomon

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To extend the literature the present study aims to examine the interrelationships between resilience (defined by a lack of posttraumatic stress disorder following trauma) and posttraumatic growth. Two studies were conducted of Israeli: (a) adolescents exposed to terror (N = 2908), and (b) citizens and army personnel following the second Lebanon War (N = 588). Across studies the results showed that high levels of resilience were associated with the lowest posttraumatic growth scores. The results imply that although growth and resilience are both salutogenic constructs they are inversely related. The theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-286
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


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