A growing body of research suggests that post-traumatic growth is widespread, but very few studies have assessed people before and after traumas to establish whether positive changes have actually taken place, suggests a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

The idea of such growth is more likely to be mostly illusory and due to a positive reappraisal, suggest researchers Meghan Owenz and Blaine Fowers in Perceived post-traumatic growth may not reflect actual positive change: A short-term...

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