Post-traumatic growth as positive personality change: developing a measure to assess within-person variability

Blackie, Laura E.R. and Jayawickreme, Eranda and Tsukayama, Eli and Forgeard, Marie, J.C. and Roepke, Ann Marie and Fleeson, William (2016) Post-traumatic growth as positive personality change: developing a measure to assess within-person variability. Journal of Research in Personality . ISSN 0092-6566

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Abstract

Earlier work has defined post-traumatic growth (PTG) as positive personality change, but measurement of this construct has relied almost exclusively on cross-sectional and retrospective assessments. The aim of this study was to use an experience-sampling procedure to measure the extent to which PTG manifested in individuals’ everyday lives after a recent highly stressful or traumatic adverse event (compared to a control group). In doing so, we developed a state measure of PTG. The factor structure of state PTG was comparable to trait PTG, there was significant variability in individuals’ PTG from moment-to-moment, but individuals’ trait PTG was unrelated to their state PTG. Moreover, individuals who had experienced a recent adversity did not differ from control participants on state PTG.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Post-traumatic growth, Adversity, Experience-sampling, Daily well-being
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2016.04.001
Depositing User: Blackie, Laura
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 12:12
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 12:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37038

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