Career Adaptability of Trauma Survivors: The Moderating Role of Posttraumatic Growth

Diandra J. Prescod, Melissa Zeligman

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Impaired functioning in occupational domains is a diagnostic characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder, and yet the interactions between trauma and career remain understudied. This study examined the relationships between trauma symptoms, posttraumatic growth, and career adaptability in college students who identified as trauma survivors (N = 215). Results indicated that (a) trauma symptoms and posttraumatic growth were both significantly predictive of career adaptability and (b) posttraumatic growth moderated the relationship between trauma and career adaptability. The impact of demographic factors and implications for career counselors and counselor educators are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-120
Number of pages14
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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