Constructive, illusory, and distressed posttraumatic growth among survivors of breast cancer : A 7-year growth trajectory study

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Author(s)

  • Chih-Tao Cheng
  • Samuel MY Ho
  • Yi-Chen Hou
  • Yihuan Lai
  • Ging-Long Wang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2233-2243
Journal / PublicationJournal of Health Psychology
Volume25
Issue number13-14
Online published6 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Abstract

A total of 84 breast cancer survivors completed a package of psychological inventories in 2009 (Time 1), 2012 (Time 2), and 2016 (Time 3). Latent class growth analysis revealed three posttraumatic growth trajectory patterns: distressed posttraumatic growth (n = 5, 6.7%), illusory posttraumatic growth (n = 42, 56.0%), and constructive posttraumatic growth (n = 28, 37.3%). Women with more frequent use of helplessness–hopelessness coping and lower depression levels at Time 1 were more likely to display an illusory than a constructive posttraumatic growth trajectory pattern. Illusory posttraumatic growth might represent a form of coping rather than authentic positive changes. Researchers and clinicians should understand different patterns of posttraumatic growth.

Research Area(s)

  • breast cancer, cancer, longitudinal, outcome trajectories, posttraumatic growth, trauma

Citation Format(s)

Constructive, illusory, and distressed posttraumatic growth among survivors of breast cancer : A 7-year growth trajectory study. / Cheng, Chih-Tao; Ho, Samuel MY; Hou, Yi-Chen; Lai, Yihuan; Wang, Ging-Long.

In: Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 25, No. 13-14, 01.11.2020, p. 2233-2243.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review