Maggie presented at our last lab meeting of the semester on her individual project about self-esteem, and her Michigan Academy The Combined Role of Gender and Religiosity on the Self-Esteem of American Adolescents. She spent her semester researching how gender and religious strength affect self-esteem, and she plans to continue studying self-esteem more in depth next semester.
In addition to the busy last days of the Fall semester, two lab members received an exciting e-mail stating that both of their Meeting of the Minds studies were published in the 2013 MOM Journal. This journal is specific for undergraduate research. To view the publications by Sharell Elam and Kellie McGuire, click on the following link:
Romantic Relationship Dissolutions: Assessing Posttraumatic Growth Cross-Culturally Between American and Japanese Undergraduate Students
The Influence of Disclosure and Religiosity on the Posttraumatic Growth of Bereaved Adolescents
The Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) Lab, led by Dr. Kanako Taku, is currently looking for two to three MS or PhD students for the Fall 2014 semester. Our research has centered on the construct of posttraumatic growth – positive psychological changes that may occur as a result of the struggle with major life crises or traumatic events. This research contributes to the fields of clinical, trauma, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology.
One of our primary research interests is developing a psycho-educational intervention program that aims to enhance cognitive abilities triggered by posttraumatic growth. Additionally, we are interested in challenging the definitions and conceptualization of posttraumatic growth from cross-cultural, social, and personality perspectives. We are also investigating different growth processes dependent on the nature of triggered experiences such as: experiencing trauma (e.g., earthquake); causing or enabling trauma (e.g., bullying); having non-traumatic but influential life experiences (e.g., having a baby or undertaking spiritual pilgrimages); and working with traumatized people (e.g., vicarious posttraumatic growth).
Possible dissertation or thesis topics while working in this lab could include:
- Developing intervention programs that will help individuals foster or recognize their perceptions of posttraumatic growth.
- Growth resulting from impactful life events (e.g. pregnancy, marriage), not necessarily traumatic life events (e.g. death, accident).
- Posttraumatic growth in an elderly population.
- Expanding cross-cultural research. Past and current research has focused on the comparisons between the United States and Japan. Future research will expand to other cultures (e.g. Hispanic population).
If you are interested in this type of research, please contact Dr. Taku directly for instructions on applying for the lab. Also, please refer to the “Students’ research” tab. Click on “Seeking Graduate Students” for more information about graduate programs here at Oakland University.
- A Japanese-translated book that Drs. Kanako Taku and Ken Shimizu compiled and edited has been published. This is the first translated book of the “Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 2006).”
- Four papers have been recently accepted for peer-reviewed journals to be published.
- Taku, K. (in press). Relationships among Perceived Psychological Growth, Resilience and Burnout in Physicians. Personality and Individual Differences.
- Taku, K., & Cann, A. (in press). Cross-national and religious relationships with posttraumatic growth: The role of individual differences and perceptions of the triggering event. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
- Taku, K., Tedeschi, R. G., & Cann, A. (in press). Relationships of posttraumatic growth and stress responses in bereaved young adults. Journal of Loss and Trauma.
- Taku, K. (2013). Posttraumatic growth in American and Japanese men: Comparing levels of growth and perceptions of indicators of growth. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 14, 423-432.
For a full list, please see this page.
Sharell Elam presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference in Philadelphia, PA on November 7th.
This study was collaborative by Dr. Taku, previous lab member Melissa Sawa, and current lab member Sharell Elam. The purpose of their study was to examine the influence of resilience and personal growth resulting from professional experience on burnout in physicians.
To find out more about what we presented at the conference, please e-mail us directly.
New lab members Leah Lalonde and Rebekah Hendrian start off their semester with Journal Club. Journal club is an interactive and educational way for the lab members to bring forward studies that have contributed to the world of research and may also be helpful to each member’s specific focus in the lab.
Rebekah brought forward “Posttraumatic Growth Among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Amputees” which focuses on PTG experienced in amputee victims from the military. The results of this study showed that PTG was experienced, and that strong social support and rumination enhanced the growth.
Leah brought forward “Long Term Posttraumatic Growth After Breast Cancer: Prevalence, Predictors and Relationships with Psychological Health” which focuses on PTG experienced in women who have survived breast cancer and have not had any recurrence of the disease after 10 years. Results of this study showed that PTG was experienced but was affected by stress-related factors such as chemotherapy or perceived current sequelae. Both Rebekah and Leah had successful.
To read more about these articles, click the links below for each study:
The PTG lab welcomes Maggie Britton as another new member! Maggie is currently a senior here at Oakland University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Biology. While in the lab, she will be focusing on the relationships that exist between posttraumatic growth and self-esteem. After graduating, she would like to further her education in social/personality psychology to study self-perception and it’s effects on both interpersonal relationships and quality of life. Welcome Maggie!
Another new addition to the PTG lab is Rebekah Hendrian! Rebekah is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s in Psychology here at Oakland University. While in the lab, she would like to study PTG specifically towards sport related injuries. After Oakland, she would like to further her education in psychology at Wayne State or Central Michigan University. Welcome Rebekah!
The PTG lab would like to welcome Leah LaLonde as one of our new research assistants! Leah is currently working on receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology here at Oakland University. In this lab, she wants to focus her efforts on gaining an understand of PTG in cancer patients specifically. After Oakland, she plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Welcome Leah!
The PTG lab is looking for one or two additional research assistants to begin in the Fall 2013 semester. New research assistants must be an enrolled OU student, and must be able to commit 10 hours per week to this lab. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the current research assistant to the lab, Kellie McGuire, firstname.lastname@example.org.