Investigating the veracity of self-reported post-traumatic growth: a profile analysis approach
Blackie, Laura E.R. and Jayawickreme, Eranda and Helzer, Erik, G. and Forgeard, Marie, J.C. and Roepke, Ann Marie (2015) Investigating the veracity of self-reported post-traumatic growth: a profile analysis approach. Social Psychological & Personality Science, 6 (7). pp. 788-796. ISSN 1948-5514
Official URL: http://spp.sagepub.com/content/6/7/788
Research into posttraumatic growth—positive psychological change that people report in their relationships, priorities in life, and self-perception after experiences of adversity—has been severely critiqued. We investigated the degree to which community members’ friends and relatives corroborated targets’ self-perceived positive and negative changes as measured by the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory-42. We found corroboration only for negative changes when we examined overall (averaged) scores. However, using a profile analysis procedure, we found significant participant–informant agreement on the domains of change that had relatively higher scores in the target’s profile and those that had relatively lower scores. Our results demonstrate that informants were able to observe that targets had changed and were sensitive to the idiosyncratic ways in which these changes had manifested in targets’ behavior.
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