Studying the Positive Side of Trauma and Grief


August 15, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer explores the concept of research into "the positive side of trauma and grief: that most people bounce back to baseline, and some emerge from disaster stronger and better, at least in some ways." Research conducted by Jun Mao, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and director of Integrative Medicine, showing that patients who tried complementary medicine techniques during cancer treatment were more likely to report some type of positive change after their illness, is mentioned in the story, and a photo of Mao giving a cancer patient an acupuncture treatment accompanies the article. James Coyne, PhD, a professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and director of the Behavioral Oncology Program in the Abramson Cancer Center, is also quoted in the story. He thinks some people grow after cancer, but not as many as think they do. "Sometimes, having that illusion is a way of keeping going," he said, "and I certainly don't want to interfere with that." Read More

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