The Exploration of Factors that Promote Posttraumatic Growth in BIPOC

Aisha Yapp, Tennessee State University


The primary significance of this study was to understand the experiences of posttraumatic growth within the BIPOC community. Additionally, this study sought to identify the factors deemed to have an influence on fostering posttraumatic growth. Several benefits of this study include adding to the current limited literature on posttraumatic growth, encouraging cultural awareness and continued competency when creating and modifying effective treatment for trauma unique to the BIPOC population, and shining a light on the unheard voices and experiences of an underrepresented population that is underrepresented. Critical race theory was used as a lens to evaluate the historical sociopolitical climate for BIPOC in the United States, in addition to the effects on functionality, mobility, and mental health. Findings from this research aligned with previous literature paving a hopeful future for this topic. The first consideration is that racial minorities are more likely to experience posttraumatic growth compared to individuals that are more privileged (Manove et al., 2019). Secondly, individuals with increased coping capacity may not experience as much posttraumatic growth because they are less challenged by the trauma faced (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004). This research supports both Manove et al.’s (2019) and Tedeschi and Calhoun’s (2004) findings with 75% of trauma survivors endorsing posttraumatic growth in this qualitative study.

Subject Area

Counseling Psychology|Mental health

Recommended Citation

Aisha Yapp, "The Exploration of Factors that Promote Posttraumatic Growth in BIPOC" (2023). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI30314835.