A crosssectional study to explore the mediating effect of intrinsic aspiration on the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth

Murphy, David and Demetriou, Evangelia and Joseph, Stephen (2015) A crosssectional study to explore the mediating effect of intrinsic aspiration on the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14 (3). ISSN 1752-9182

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Abstract

Person-centered psychotherapy is based on the growth paradigm of psychological distress. Person-centered therapy is, therefore, ideally placed to facilitate posttraumatic growth. There were two aims of this study. The first was to explore the association between unconditional positive self-regard and the construct of posttraumatic growth. The second was to explore the mediating effect of intrinsic aspirations on the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. A crosssectional correlation design was used to ask a sample of Cypriot origin participants (N = 99) to complete the Unconditional Positive Self-Regard Scale (UPSR), Intrinsic Aspirations subscale of the Aspirations Index and Post Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Findings showed that unconditional positive self-regard was significantly positively correlated with posttraumatic growth and that the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth was successfully partially mediated by intrinsic aspirations. This is the first study to test for the mechanisms by which unconditional positive self-regard predicts posttraumatic growth. The findings also support a link between the phenomenon of posttraumatic growth and personcentered theory at a construct level. Implications for person-centered therapy are discussed and suggestions for further research are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies in 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14779757.2015.1051238
Keywords: unconditional positive self-regard; intrinsic aspirations; posttraumatic growth
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2015.1051238
Depositing User: Leavesley, Tracy
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 17:13
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/30738

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