Posttraumatic Growth and The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory

Have the bad things that have happened in your life made you a stronger person? Tragedy and adversity can change an individual. Traumatic events can create post-traumatic stress disorders and other problems, but they also can produce growth and positive change.

The information that follows from the American Psychological Association includes an inventory called “The Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory” and references information about the concept of post-traumatic growth. You'll find other resources to help you along the "Road to Resilience" from the American Psychological Association at http://

The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory

Learn more information about posttraumatic growth: A complete report about the development of the PTGI can be found in the article: The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory: Measuring the Positive Legacy of Trauma by Richard G. Tedeschi, Ph.D., and Lawrence G. Calhoun, Ph.D., in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, July 1996, Volume 9, pages 455-471.

It is strongly recommended that you allow some time to pass from the hardship or tragedy you experienced before you use this inventory. Also keep in mind that it may take time to experience change in the areas addressed by this exercise: relating to others, appreciation of life, new possibilities, spiritual change and personal strength. People often show growth in some areas but not in others, and rarely show growth in all areas at a given time.

Download a PDF version of the inventory here.

Information contained in this exercise should not be used as a substitute for professional health and mental health care or consultation.

A licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist can assist people in developing an appropriate strategy for moving forward. It is important to get professional help if you feel like you are unable to function or perform basic activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic or other stressful life experience.