Posttraumatic growth in the aftermath of a disaster: Looking for the role of gender

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In the past 10 years, the literature on disasters and mental health has shifted from a focus on psychopathology, to an interest in documenting manifestations of resilience in the face of mass trauma. The Jin et al. study, published in this issue of the Journal, examines gender differences in the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and posttraumatic growth (PTG) in the aftermath of the Wenchuan Earthquake in China. The study suggests that the coping response to PTSD may differ between males and females, and raises interesting questions about the types of factors that contribute to the manifestation of high versus low PTG given high levels of PTSD. At the same time, this type of study highlights the need to investigate the long-term impact and meaning of PTG, and to examine whether it reflects an adaptive process with long-term benefits in the face of traumatic exposures, or an illusory type of posttraumatic response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1859-1860
Number of pages2
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Disasters
  • Earthquakes
  • Gender
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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