Positive psychology

While much of the psychosocial literature in the cardiac area focuses on challenges faced by patients, there has recently been a shift from ‘surviving' to 'thriving’. What are the personality characteristics that enable some patients to benefit and even grow from a life-threatening event? How can we support patients not only to survive but to thrive after an acute event? These are some of the questions we are attempting to answer in this important area of research.

 

Post-traumatic growth after an acute cardiac event

While many patients experience distress and depression after a cardiac event, some go on to reap benefits from the experience. For some patients the event is transformed into a positive, life-changing experience. This project is investigating post-traumatic growth (PTG) after an acute cardiac event.

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