Positive and negative life changes following sexual assault

Patricia A Frazier, Amy Conlon, Theresa Glaser

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A longitudinal study was conducted to investigate (a) the timing and course of posttraumatic growth and (b) the relations between positive and negative life changes and posttraumatic distress among recent female sexual assault survivors (N = 171). Most survivors reported positive change even at 2 weeks postassault. Positive changes generally increased over time and negative changes decreased, although change in different domains followed different courses and there was significant individual variability in change patterns. Both positive and negative changes were associated with distress in expected ways, although the relations with negative changes were stronger. The least distress at 12 months was reported by those who noted positive life changes at both 2 weeks and 12 months postassault. Implications for theory and research on posttraumatic growth are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1048-1055
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001


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