International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 18 Num. 2 - June 2018


A Pilot Study of Posttraumatic Growth Training for Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Volume 18 Num. 2 - June 2018 - Pages 235-246


Mario Guzmán Sescosse , Ferrán Padrós Blázquez , Francisco Laca Arocena , Tonatiuh García Campos


The aim of the present study was to identify if a training to favor PG in patients with PTSD (PGT) generates improvement compared to only the application of conventional treatment. The instruments applied were: Maladaptation Scale, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity Scale, Psychological Well-Being Scale, and Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory. All 10 participants received Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD. Two groups were then randomly formed. The PGT was administered to the experimental group and the control group was kept on wait list. The four scales were applied before, after the treatment and again after one year. The experimental group showed an improvement in Psychological Well-Being and was almost statistically significant with respect to PG. However, there were no differences in PTSD symptoms or in maladaptation levels. It is concluded that PGT was effective in increasing psychological well-being for the participants. This study might be improved by increasing the sample size for those who receive PGT be also for PG, which may act as a protective factor against future relapses or other disorders.

How to cite this paper: Guzmán-Sescosse M, Padrós-Blázquez F, Laca-Arocena F, & García-Campos T (2018). A Pilot Study of Posttraumatic Growth Training for Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 18, 235-246.

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