School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
African American, women, spirituality, posttraumatic growth, resilience, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, education
Counseling | Psychology
Mitchell, Britney A., "An Investigation into Posttraumatic Growth and Resilience After Trauma in African American Women" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4797.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among posttraumatic growth, resilience, and trauma in African American women. Posttraumatic Growth Theory was used as the theoretical foundation for the study. A correlational survey design was used to investigate the relationships among the variables of posttraumatic growth, resilience, and trauma among African American women. Four instruments were used in this study, including a demographic survey developed by the researcher, the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI), the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale-10 (CD-RISC-10), and the Life Event Checklist for DSM-5 (LEC-5). This study will investigate how spirituality is used as a coping skill to achieve posttraumatic growth. It will investigate whether African American women who are educated above a high school graduate level are more likely to attain posttraumatic growth versus African American women who are less well educated. Lastly, it will investigate if and how African American women achieve posttraumatic growth through resiliency.