A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth

Flanagan, Sarah and Patterson, Tom G. and Hume, Ian R. and Joseph, Stephen (2015) A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 14 (3). pp. 191-200. ISSN 1752-9182

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Abstract

The present study investigated whether unconditional positive self-regard (UPSR) is associated with subsequent posttraumatic growth (PTG) following the experience of a traumatic life event. A total of 143 participants completed an online questionnaire to assess the experience of traumatic life events, posttraumatic stress, well-being and UPSR (Time 1). Three months later, 76 of the participants completed measures of well-being and perceived PTG (Time 2). Analyses were conducted to test for association between UPSR at Time 1 and perceptions of PTG at Time 2. Results showed that higher UPSR at T1 was associated with higher perceived PTG at Time 2. To measure actual growth, individual differences in well-being were computed between Time 1 and Time 2. Results showed that higher UPSR at T1 was associated with higher actual PTG. Implications of these findings are discussed and future directions for research in this area considered. Specifically, results are consistent with a person-centered understanding of therapeutic approaches to the facilitation of PTG

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies on 2 July 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14779757.2015.1047960.
Keywords: Posttraumatic growth, unconditional positive self-regard, longitudinal
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2015.1047960
Depositing User: Collier, Elanor
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 09:48
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 10:17
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32021

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