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    Post Traumatic Growth: Examining an Increase of Optimism Amongst Targets of Bullying in Ireland

    Burke, Jolanta (2016) Post Traumatic Growth: Examining an Increase of Optimism Amongst Targets of Bullying in Ireland. Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 16 (2). pp. 11-15.

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    Traumatic events, such as bullying, may lead to both distress and enhanced levels of well-being. In order to test this theory, a study was carried out to measure optimism in 2,441 participants aged 12- 19 across 13 Irish schools, 312 of whom were bullied on a daily basis, whilst the additional 454 experienced perpetration “once a month” or “once a week”. The results showed that Targets of bullying scored lower on the level of overall optimism, in comparison to those who have not been bullied. However, further analysis found that young people who experienced bullying on a daily basis reported the highest levels of optimism in negative situations. This result suggests that experiencing bullying may have helped participants develop symptoms of Posttraumatic Growth. The implications of this finding, in relation to therapists, are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Post Traumatic Growth; Examining; Increase; Optimism; Targets; Bullying; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 14060
    Depositing User: Jolanta Burke
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 10:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Publisher: Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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