Resilience and Disability

IV. Post-traumatic Growth and The Post-traumatic Growth Inventory.

Have the bad things that have happened in your life made you a stronger person?

Tragedy and adversity can change an individual.  The traumatic events that may have created your disability can create a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other problems, but they also can produce growth and positive change.  As I said in the Introduction, coping successfully with a disability requires an individual to grow, to develop and refine the skills and the attitudes of resilience.  The information that follows is from the American Psychological Association and includes an inventory called “The Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory” and references information about the concept of post-traumatic growth.

The Post-traumatic Growth Inventory

It is strongly recommended that you allow some time to pass from the hardship or tragedy you experienced before you use this inventory.  Also keep in mind that it may take time to experience change in the areas addressed by this exercise: relating to others, appreciation of life, new possibilities, spiritual change and personal strength.  People often show growth in some areas but not in others, and rarely show growth in all areas at a given time.

Take the online version of the Post-traumatic Growth Inventory at the American Psychological Association's website

Please note: Information contained in this exercise should not be used as a substitute for professional health and mental health care or consultation. A licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist can assist people in developing an appropriate strategy for moving forward. It is important to get professional help if you feel like you are unable to function or perform basic activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic or other stressful life experience. Learn more information about posttraumatic growth: A complete report about the development of the PTGI can be found in the article, "The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory: Measuring the Positive Legacy of Trauma" by Richard G. Tedeschi, Ph.D., and Lawrence G. Calhoun, Ph.D., in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, July 1996, Volume 9, pages 455-471.

Character Strengths

Still interested in learning more about yourself?

Here’s a link to a free survey that will help you to look at your character strengths. This survey is well researched and meets the basic requirements for validity and reliability. It has been used by Seligman and others as part of their resilience training programs.



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