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Pyszczynski, A., & Greenberg, J. (1992). Hanging on and Letting Go: Understanding the Onset, Progression, and Remission of Depression. New York, NY: Springer.

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  • TITLE: Vicarious PTG after Fireworks Trauma

    AUTHORS: Michael Galea

    KEYWORDS: Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth, Positive Changes, Fireworks Trauma, Holistic Wellbeing, Resilience

    JOURNAL NAME: Psychology, Vol.8 No.14, December 25, 2017

    ABSTRACT: Studies about fireworks-related trauma are scarce. Research on other traumas indicates not only the negative reactions and consequences, but also some important positive experiences. This falls within the remit of post-traumatic growth. More complicated may be the possibility of growth through trauma experienced by another person. Vicarious posttraumatic growth refers to positive changes from vicarious or secondary traumatic exposure. In this study, we looked at the trauma experiences by relatives of victims of fireworks’ explosions in Malta, and the potential growth that may have ensued. Method: By using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, we interviewed 8 individuals who met the inclusion criteria. Analysis of data was guided by the Smith method (1999). Results: Key themes highlighted in this study focused on participants’ appreciation of the present, acceptance of reality (others & events), and spiritual growth (sense of relatedness with a God and with others). These themes conform to Tedeschi and Calhoun theory of post-traumatic growth (2004).