posttraumatic growth experiences of adult survivors of cancer and childhood trauma.

| January 28, 2016

examine posttraumatic growth experiences of adult survivors of cancer and childhood trauma. It was only in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV: American Psychiatric Association, 2000) that cancer was added.

• Provide a brief overview of the DSM-5 criteria for PTSD.

• Critically review and analyse the experience of having cancer in the light of these

criteria. Does it fit the PTSD criteria? Are there any characteristics unique to the

cancer PTSD diagnosis?

• Critically review and analyse the adult symptoms of having experienced childhood

trauma in the light of these criteria. Does this fit the PTSD criteria? Are there any

characteristics unique to the childhood trauma PTSD diagnosis?

• Give reasons why (or why not) they fit the criteria and compare the two for

similarities/differences.

Swinburne University of Technology PSY30012 Psychology of Trauma,

SP4 2015.

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• Give an overview of post traumatic growth (PTG), then, in particular, describe the

OVT.

• Compare and contrast posttraumatic growth experiences for both cancer survivors

and childhood trauma survivors according to the OVT.

• Critically analyse what factors are likely to foster or hinder PTG in both groups of

survivors.

• Include in your discussion the strengths and weaknesses of the research you have

reviewed.

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