Behavioural changes add validity to the construct of posttraumatic growth

Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. & Barrington, Allysa (2012) Behavioural changes add validity to the construct of posttraumatic growth. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25(4), pp. 433-439.

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The research aimed to identify positive behavioural changes that people may make as a result of negotiating the aftermath of a traumatic experience, thereby extending the current cognitive model of posttraumatic growth (PTG). It was hypothesised that significant others would corroborate survivor’s cognitive and behavioural reports of PTG. The sample comprised 176 participants; 88 trauma survivors and 88 significant others. University students accounted for 64% of the sample and 36% were from the broader community. Approximately one third were male. All participants completed the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory [PTGI] and open ended questions regarding behavioural changes. PTGI scores in the survivor sample were corroborated by the significant others with only the Appreciation of Life factor of the PTGI differing between the two groups (e.g., total PTGI scores between groups explained 33.64% of variance). Nearly all of the survivors also reported positive changes in their behaviour and these changes were also corroborated by the significant others. Results provide validation of the posttraumatic growth construct and the PTGI as an instrument of measurement. Findings may also influence therapeutic practice for example, the potential usefulness of corroborating others.

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ID Code: 52893
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: trauma, validity, growth
DOI: 10.1002/jts.21730
ISSN: 1573-6598
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 23:12
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 20:17

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