4 Factors That May Lower PTSD Risk and Bolster Resilience

How Creative Writing Can Boost Students’ Resilience

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One of the ways that students can improve their academic performance and enhance their resilience is to build a growth mentality.

It is required of a teacher to help build a sense of community amongst students. A safe and healthy environment would benefit students, particularly the traumatized, to open up and develop self-confidence and resilience. Students get to sit together and offer themselves compassion through writing and sharing their struggles.

One of the best ways for teachers to establish connections with their students is to encourage them to use creative writing to nurture their reading and writing skills. This creativity can help them overcome their academic challenges…


4 Factors That May Lower PTSD Risk and Bolster Resilience

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) statistics vary depending on the source, but while the majority of people experience at least one traumatic event over the course of a lifetime, only a fraction develop PTSD, between 6-8 percent. PTSD has many risks and protective factors

The risks include younger age, female gender, being hurt or seeing someone get hurt, having higher-stress living conditions on top of the trauma, and a prior history of mental illness or substance use disorder.

Protective factors include getting support from others, positive self-appraisal in dealing with the trauma, adaptive coping strategies, having a strong system of meaning and/or faith, and biological factors. While there has been a significant amount of research on resilience and post-traumatic growth, synthesis of research is needed to confirm the highest-value targets for prevention, preparedness, and intervention. Resources are scarce, and trauma uses them up fast on every level, from individual to community…


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