Type of Document Dissertation Author Bosson, Julia Vigna Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Keywords
- posttraumatic growth
- Hurricane Katrina
- cognitive processing
Date of Defense 2010-05-04 Availability unrestricted AbstractAlthough 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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