Journal article

Postdisaster Posttraumatic Growth: Positive Transformations Following the Black Saturday Bushfires

Louise Harms, Rhonda Abotomey, David Rose, Robyn Woodward Kron, Barbara Bolt, Jenny Waycott, Melinda Alexander

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL WORK | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Posttraumatic growth (PTG) is emerging in the published literature as an important aspect of postdisaster recovery. Despite these research insights into the positive transformations that people experience, PTG has not been formally operationalised in postdisaster psychosocial recovery efforts. This paper presents findings from a mixed methods study of people affected by the 2009 Victorian “Black Saturday” bushfires. Data from in-depth interviews and the PTG Inventory-Short Form (PTGI-SF) with 20 participants gathered five years after the fires were used to gain new insights into perceptions of postdisaster growth. Higher levels of growth were reported by those who were personally involved. T..

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Grants

Awarded by University of Melbourne's Social Equity Institute (MSEI)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the University of Melbourne's Social Equity Institute (MSEI) seed grant funding [grant number 131111].