What is it about?

As much as the traumatic event itself, the way of exposure to the traumatic event is important for the mental health of the individual. The researchers based the study on three basic types of exposure: direct exposure to trauma, witnessing a trauma, and learning that a loved one has been traumatized.In conclusion, this study aims to investigate the effect of exposure type on the relationship between posttraumatic growth and psychological hardiness.The current study suggests that the way a person expereiences trauma might have a critical role in the relationship between psychological hardiness and posttraumatic growth. Specifically, commitment dimension of psychological hardiness predicts posttraumatic growth regardless of traumatic experience ways.

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Why is it important?

It has been observed that individuals with high commitment to life and the tendency to interact with people have a high probability of post-traumatic growth, regardless of how they have been exposed to traumatic experiences.

Perspectives

Writing this article with the co-researcher was a work in which we had the opportunity to examine traumatic experiences in depth. I hope this article will also be a pioneering work that sheds light on different exposures to traumatic events.

FATMA ALTINSOY

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This page is a summary of: Does the type of exposure to traumatic events make a difference in posttraumatic growth?, Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, November 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/tra0001173.
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