Posttraumatic stress disorder and posttraumatic growth among Israeli ex-POWs

Zahava Solomon, Rachel Dekel

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In this article, the authors present a prospective study that dealt with pathological (posttraumatic stress disorder; PTSD) and salutary (posttraumatic growth; PTG) outcomes of captivity and the correlates of those outcomes among a sample of ex-prisoners of war (POWs) and a control group of combat veterans. Posttraumatic stress disorder and its correlates were assessed in 1991 and 2003, and PTG was assessed in 2003. The results indicate that ex-POWs exhibited higher levels of PTSD and PTG than did the controls. In addition, both linear and quadratic associations between PTSD and PTG were found. The authors discuss some unresolved issues related to assessment of PTG and salutary outcomes, and outline directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007


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