This brief is about the compassionate acts that come out of post-traumatic growth among veterans after serving. For policy and practice, the research shows that military values, bonding experiences, and maturation through military service allows for positive personal growth and that the VA should provide programs for discussing this growth. Suggestions for future research include taking into account variations in specific experiences when analyzing post-traumatic growth and including a representative random sample.
Larick, J. G., & Graf, N. M. (2012). Battlefield compassion and posttraumatic growth in combat servicepersons. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 11(4), 219–239. https://doi.org/10.1080/1536710X.2012.730824
Mental and Social Health | Military and Veterans Studies | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, Battlefield, Combat, Compassion, Positive psychology, Post-traumatic growth (PTG), Qualitative, Service members, Veterans
Combat; Posttraumatic growth; Veterans, United States
Government and Community Services
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Battlefield Compassion and Post-traumatic Growth in Combat Servicepersons"" (2013). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 319.
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