Posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic depreciation as predictors of psychological adjustment

Barrington, Allysa & Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. (2012) Posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic depreciation as predictors of psychological adjustment. Journal of Loss and Trauma.

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Informed by current trauma literature, this study explored the relationships between Posttraumatic Growth (PTG; Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1995), Posttraumatic Depreciation (PTD; Cann et al., 2010) and other post-trauma outcomes including well-being, psychological flourishing, and psychological distress. The predictive utility of PTG and PTD was also examined. The sample comprised 104 trauma survivors who completed the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory – 42 (Baker et al., 2008) and several outcome measures. As expected, PTD showed strong linear correlations with well-being, flourishing and distress, and emerged as a significant predictor of scores on such measures. However, PTG showed negligible correlations with well-being, flourishing and distress. This reaffirms that PTG and PTD measure conceptually distinct and independent dimensions of experience, which has implications for therapeutic practice.

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ID Code: 58185
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Posttraumatic growth, posttraumatic depreciation, well-being, distress, predictive validity
DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2012.714210
ISSN: 1532-5032
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
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 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Journal of Loss and Trauma © 2012 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Loss and Trauma is available online at:
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2013 22:58
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 18:16

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