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The Growth Initiative seeks to understand how adverse life events can lead to positive behavioral and cognitive changes. We intend to uncover the scope of this growth, and the factors that limit growth. This research program is based at Wake Forest University and the University of Pennsylvania and made possible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The Growth Initiative is an ongoing research program that aims to better understand the conditions under which people can experience positive behavioral changes after going through highly stressful adverse events. On this page we define what we mean by the term posttraumatic growth, outline some of the main research findings on the topic, discuss our own contribution to the topic, and provide links and references to both interested scientists and members of the general public. We hope you find its contents engaging and illuminating.