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date: 20 September 2018

Abstract and Keywords

Reports of personal growth following adversity are quite common, and a general model of the process has been proposed. However, very little research has been offered in support of the process model. We review studies that suggest that more than one process may be operating and propose that benefits should be distinguished from growth. Whereas benefits tend to be incidental and transient, personal growth emerges from a process of renegotiating goals and priorities and involves disengaging from or revising former core projects, activities, and strivings and initiating new ones that are intrinsically meaningful.

Keywords: benefits, loss, meaning, posttraumatic growth

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