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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bosson, Julia Vigna
Author's Email Address julia.v.bosson@gmail.com
URN etd-07202011-173312
Title Growth after the Storm: Cognitive Processing and Social Support as Mediators of the Relation between Religious Coping and Posttraumatic Growth in Hurricane-Affected Women
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelley, Mary Lou Committee Chair
Cohen, Alex Committee Member
Gouvier, Wm. Drew Committee Member
Gresham, Frank Committee Member
Arai, Paula Dean's Representative
  • posttraumatic growth
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • cognitive processing
Date of Defense 2010-05-04
Availability unrestricted
Although many studies have detailed the maladies imposed by Hurricane Katrina, little

work has examined potential benefits gleaned in the wake of the storm. Posttraumatic growth, a

construct receiving increased attention in the literature, describes personal betterment or

development following a traumatic event in areas such as perceived changes in self, a changed

sense of relations with others, and a changed philosophy of life. Researchers have demonstrated

a relation between posttraumatic growth and varying factors, including religious coping. The

current study established a relation between religious coping and posttraumatic growth in a

sample of hurricane-exposed women in Southeastern Louisiana and attempted to identify

mediators of that relation. Results indicated that social support was not related to religious

coping or posttraumatic growth and therefore did not mediate the relation between the two.

However, in the final model, cognitive processing fully mediated the relation between religious

coping and posttraumatic growth, such that religious coping would have no effect on

posttraumatic growth were it not for its relation to cognitive processing.

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