Posttraumatic growth as positive personality change: evidence, controversies and future directions

Jayawickreme, Eranda and Blackie, Laura E.R. (2014) Posttraumatic growth as positive personality change: evidence, controversies and future directions. European Journal of Personality, 28 (4). pp. 312-331. ISSN 1099-0984

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Abstract

This target article focuses on the construct of post-traumatic growth—positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Prominent theories of post-traumatic growth define it in terms of personality change, and as a result, this area of research should be of great interest to personality psychologists. Despite this fact, most of the research on this topic has not been sufficiently informed by relevant research in personality psychology, and much of the extant research suffers from significant methodological limitations. We review the literature on post-traumatic growth, with a particular focus on how researchers have conceptualized it and the specific methodological issues associated with these conceptualizations. We outline some ways in which personality science can both be enriched by the study of this phenomenon and inform rigorous research on post-traumatic growth and provide a series of guidelines for future research of post-traumatic growth as positive personality change.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was an invited TARGET ARTICLE.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/per.1963
Depositing User: Blackie, Laura
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2016 10:45
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37089

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