Personal growth often coexists with post-traumatic stress following natural disasters

Personal growth often coexists with post-traumatic stress following natural disasters

The 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, was one of the most destructive in US history — killing 161 people, injuring 1,150 and destroying approximately one-third of the city’s homes. Researchers have found that survivors of natural disasters have the potential to experience positive changes or growth in addition to the stress they experience. Researchers say this finding can help those working in communities after a disaster.