Posttraumatic growth in treatment-seeking female assault victims


Posttraumatic growth in treatment-seeking female assault victims


Grubaugh AL; Resick PA


The Psychiatric Quarterly




Female; Humans; Adult; Health Status; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Life Change Events; Reproducibility of Results; Personality Inventory; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Adaptation; Psychological; Models; Parent caregivers; Depressive Disorder/diagnosis/psychology; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Stress Disorders; Post-Traumatic/diagnosis/psychology; Educational Status; Patient Acceptance of Health Care/psychology; Rape/psychology; Violence/psychology


The importance of measuring growth outcomes following a traumatic event has been highlighted in recent literature (e.g., Linley, Joseph: Journal of Traumatic Stress 17:11-21, 2004). Although reports of growth are abundant, the relationship between growth outcomes and post-trauma distress remains unclear, with studies yielding conflicting results regarding this relationship. The purpose of the present study was to explore the interrelationships among growth outcomes and measures of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 100 female treatment-seeking physical and sexual assault victims. Although the majority of women reported some degree of growth in this study, and growth scores were comparable to those from other samples, measures of depression and PTSD were not significantly related to growth scores. The implication of these findings and future direction for research are discussed.


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Grubaugh AL; Resick PA, “Posttraumatic growth in treatment-seeking female assault victims,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 29, 2023,