Can people experience posttraumatic growth after committing violent acts?

Laura E R Blackie*, Ann Marie Roepke, Nicki Hitchcott, Stephen Joseph

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The concept of post-traumatic growth refers to the positive psychological changes that some people experience as a result of their struggle with highly stressful and often traumatic circumstances. Research into post-traumatic growth has typically focused on survivors of violent victimization or other uncontrollable and tragic circumstances. However, emerging research into service members in the armed forces has shown that post-traumatic growth can also occur in this population. We synthesize existing research to propose a preliminary model outlining the psychosocial processes that may facilitate post-traumatic growth among people who have perpetrated acts of violence. We end by discussing some of the important questions that future theoretical and empirical work will need to address.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-412
JournalPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date29 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • Moral injury
  • Perpetration
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Violence


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