Posttraumatic Growth: Hope and Healing for Women Who Have Been Relationally Betrayed

Relational betrayalÔæóeither emotionally betrayal, sexually betrayal, or bothÔæóis an increasing problem in committed relationships today. Research has found that relational betrayal creates many symptoms of posttraumatic stress which need to be acknowledged and treated. Studies in the last fifteen years, however, have also found that there is great potential for growth following a traumatic life event. Posttraumatic growth can be experienced as greater personal strength, more intimate interpersonal relationships, and deeper spiritual growth. This study will look at the potential for posttraumatic growth in women who have been victimized by relational betrayal and the resources that are helpful to promote growth and meaning in suffering.

Debra W. Laaser
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