Volume 25, Issue 2 (Summer 2019)                   IJPCP 2019, 25(2): 222-234 | Back to browse issues page

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Asgari Z, Naghavi A. Explaining Post-Traumatic Growth: Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research. IJPCP 2019; 25 (2) :222-234
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-2851-en.html
1- MA. in School Counseling, Department of Counseling, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.
2- PhD. in Social Psychology, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. , az.naghavi@edu.ui.ac.ir
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Objectives The present study aimed at employing a thematic synthesis approach to respond to this fundamental question: what is the post-traumatic growth process?
Methods The current study was a thematic synthesis of qualitative papers on post traumatic growth. From 50 Studies about post-traumatic growth from 2007 to 2018, 18 papers met the inclusion criteria for Systematic review. Papers were analyzed based on Thomas and Harden's thematic synthesis approach that includes three steps: free encoding of preliminary studies findings, organizing free codes into descriptive themes, and developing analytical topics using descriptive themes. 
Results In total, after analyzing the results of the research, three main themes and 7 categories were obtained. The first theme was reaction to  trauma with the category of primary emotions; the second theme was the requirements to begin the PTG with two categories including time and reality comprehension; and the third theme was the emergence of post-traumatic growth with four categories including Individual, social, psychological, and spiritual developments.
Conclusion According to the study findings it can be concluded that people show different emotions after expousure to traumatic events and after some time with processing the events they experience growth in different aspects of their lives.  
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Type of Study: Rewie | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2018/05/26 | Accepted: 2018/12/30 | Published: 2019/07/1

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