Optimism in Trauma and Growth: A Path Analysis of Former War-related Displaced Persons

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2018
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Acquaye, Hannah E.
Mitchell, Michelle D.
Saliba, Yvette
Oh, Seungbin
Heard, Nevin
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The study evaluated the contribution of war, trauma, and optimism on growth in adult Liberian former displaced persons traumatized by war-related experiences (N = 444). Hypotheses based on existing literature grounded the path model assessing the relationship among war-related events, trauma, optimism and post-traumatic growth. There were statistically significant correlations among all variables, except between war-related events and optimism [χ2(1) = 0.90; p > .05; CFI = 1.00; GFI = .99; SRMR = 0.02; RMSEA = 0.00]. Clinicians are encouraged to identify resources that traumatized populations use in coping, and incorporate them within the therapeutic environment.
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Acquaye, H. E., Mitchell, M. D., Saliba, Y., Oh, S., & Heard, N. (2018). Optimism in trauma and growth: A path analysis of former war-related displaced persons. Journal of Pedagogical Research, 2(1), 16-29. https://www.ijopr.com/article/optimism-in-trauma-and-growth-a-path-analysis-of-former-war-related-displaced-persons-6375