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

PDF - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (297kB) | Preview


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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: posttraumatic growth, positive illusions, corroboration, profile analysis
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1177/1948550615587986
Depositing User: Blackie, Laura
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 12:30
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 05:21

Actions (Archive Staff Only)

Edit View Edit View