Post-traumatic growth and life threatening physical illness: a systematic review of the qualitative literature.

@article{Hefferon2009PosttraumaticGA,
  title={Post-traumatic growth and life threatening physical illness: a systematic review of the qualitative literature.},
  author={Kate Hefferon and Madeleine Grealy and Nanette Mutrie},
  journal={British journal of health psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={14 Pt 2},
  pages={
          343-78
        }
}
Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is the phenomenon of positive change through the experience of trauma and adversity (O'Leary & Ickovics, 1995). Research suggests that the type of trauma sustained could have differing processes and outcomes from each other (Demark-wahnefried et al., 2000; Sabiston, McDonough, and Crocker, 2007). The aim of this study was to synthesize qualitative data on PTG and illness related trauma. Fifty-seven published journal articles dating from before November 1st, 2007 in… 

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