A comparison of post-traumatic growth after acquired brain injury or myocardial infarction

Karagiorgou, O. and Cullen, B. (2016) A comparison of post-traumatic growth after acquired brain injury or myocardial infarction. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21(6), pp. 589-600. (doi: 10.1080/15325024.2016.1161427)




Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is known to occur following acquired brain injury (ABI). It is not yet known to what extent PTG experiences following ABI are unique to the neurological nature of the injury. We investigated PTG in survivors of ABI or myocardial infarction (MI); MI is comparable to ABI but does not have a primary neurological element. Thirty-three ABI survivors (age M=51.6, SD=12.4; 52% male; years since injury M=5.5, SD=5.3) and 47 MI survivors (age M=66.4, SD=9.9; 79% male, years since injury M=9.9, SD=8.6) completed a survey including the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Unadjusted analyses showed no significant group differences on PTGI total score (ABI M=54.0, SD=19.6; MI M=54.6, SD=23.6; d=.03, p=.902) or on any of the five subscales, but analyses adjusted for covariates showed that scores on ‘Relating to others’ were higher in participants with ABI (unstandardized coefficient=5.43; 95% CI .27, 10.60; p=.039). Open-ended comments revealed aspects of growth in both samples that were not directly captured by the five PTGI factors.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cullen, Dr Breda and Karagiorgou, Mrs Olga
Authors: Karagiorgou, O., and Cullen, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Loss and Trauma
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1532-5032
Published Online:08 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Journal of Loss and Trauma 21(6):589-600
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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