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Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice: Lessons Learned from Around the Globe



Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice: Lessons Learned from Around the Globe

Tzipi Weiss, Ron Berger

ISBN: 978-0-470-59992-1 February 2010 256 Pages


"Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice: Lessons Learned from Around the Globe brings welcome attention to applying PTG to culturally competent practice worldwide. It delivers on the promise embedded in its title: lots of lessons within the fourteen chapters."
—From the Foreword by Charles R. Figley, PhD, Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health, Tulane University, New Orleans

The latest advances in the theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects of Posttraumatic Growth

Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice offers contributions from an international group of experts in posttraumatic growth (PTG) within diverse cultures and subcultures. It uniquely illuminates the nature, meaning, and clinical implications of PTG across a wide range of sociocultural contexts.

Edited by Tzipi Weiss and Roni Berger—recognized experts in the areas of stress, coping, and PTG—this book features contributions by an international panel of renowned scholars and clinicians, offering a truly global perspective of PTG in cultures and regions including:

  • The Middle East
  • Israel
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • Japan
  • China
  • Australia
  • Latinos in the U.S.

Offering research-based insights and practical interventions, this collection enables practitioners to offer informed and culturally sensitive services to those who have survived trauma in different parts of the world, and to support these survivors as they grow and harvest benefits from their ordeal.

Foreword, ix

About the Editors, xi

About the Contributors, xiii

Acknowledgements, xix

Introduction, xxi

Chapter 1 The Posttraumatic Growth Model: Sociocultural Considerations, 1
Lawrence G. Calhoun, Arnie Cann, and Richard G. Tedeschi

Chapter 2 Posttraumatic Growth in Israeli Jews, 15
Avital Laufer and Zahava Solomon

Chapter 3 Posttraumatic Growth in Middle Eastern Context: Expression and determinants among Palestinians, 31
Raija-Leena Punamäki

Chapter 4 Posttraumatic Growth in the Turkish Population, 49
Cengiz Kiliç

Chapter 5 Thriving in Postwar Kosova, 65
Aliriza Arënliu and Moshe S. Landsman

Chapter 6 Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth in Germany, 73
BirgitWagner and Andreas Maercker

Chapter 7 Posttraumatic Growth in the Netherlands, 85
Grieteke Pool, Mirjam J. Nijdam, & Marijke E. Oostingh

Chapter 8 Posttraumatic Growth in Spain, 97
Carmelo Vázquez and Darío Páez

Chapter 9 Posttraumatic Growth in U.S. Latinos, 113
Roni Berger and Tzipi Weiss

Chapter 10 Posttraumatic Growth in Japan: A Path toward Better Understanding of Culture-Constant and Culture-Specific Aspects, 129
Kanako Taku

Chapter 11 Posttraumatic Growth in Chinese Culture, 147
Samuel M. Y. Ho and Yu Bai

Chapter 12 Posttraumatic Growth in Australian Populations, 157
Jane Shakespeare-Finch and Bronwyn Morris

Chapter 13 Posttraumatic Growth in International Study: The Case of Chinese in Australia, 173
Thomas A. Whelan and Winifred A. Cunningham

Chapter 14 Posttraumatic Growth Around the Globe: Research Findings and Practice Implications, 189
Tzipi Weiss and Roni Berger

Author Index, 197

Subject Index, 207