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Post‐Traumatic Growth as Positive Personality Change: Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations

Jayawickreme, Eranda; Infurna, Frank J; Alajak, Kinan; Blackie, Laura E R; Chopik, William J; Chung, Joanne M; Dorfman, Anna; Fleeson, William; Forgeard, Marie J C; Frazier, Patricia; Furr, R Michael; Grossmann, Igor; Heller, Aaron; Laceulle, Odilia M; Lucas, Richard E; Luhmann, Maike; Luong, Gloria; Meijer, Laurien; Mclean, Kate C; Park, Crystal L; Roepke, Ann Marie; Al Sawaf, Zeina; Tennen, Howard; White, Rebecca M B; Zonneveld, Renée

Authors

Eranda Jayawickreme

Frank J Infurna

Kinan Alajak

William J Chopik

Joanne M Chung

Anna Dorfman

William Fleeson

Marie J C Forgeard

Patricia Frazier

R Michael Furr

Igor Grossmann

Aaron Heller

Odilia M Laceulle

Richard E Lucas

Maike Luhmann

Gloria Luong

Laurien Meijer

Kate C Mclean

Crystal L Park

Ann Marie Roepke

Zeina Al Sawaf

Howard Tennen

Rebecca M B White

Renée Zonneveld



Abstract

Objective
Posttraumatic growth typically refers to enduring positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity, trauma, or highly challenging life circumstances. Critics have challenged insights from much of the prior research on this topic, pinpointing its significant methodological limitations. In response to these critiques, we propose that posttraumatic growth can be more accurately captured in terms of personality change—an approach that affords a more rigorous examination of the phenomenon.

Method
We outline a set of conceptual and methodological questions and considerations for future work on the topic of post‐traumatic growth.

Results
We provide a series of recommendations for researchers from across the disciplines of clinical/counseling, developmental, health, personality, and social psychology and beyond, who are interested in improving the quality of research examining resilience and growth in the context of adversity.

Conclusion
We are hopeful that these recommendations will pave the way for a more accurate understanding of the ubiquity, durability and causal processes underlying post‐traumatic growth.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 8, 2020
Journal Journal of Personality
Print ISSN 0022-3506
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Jayawickreme, E., Infurna, F. J., Alajak, K., Blackie, L. E. R., Chopik, W. J., Chung, J. M., …Zonneveld, R. (2020). Post‐Traumatic Growth as Positive Personality Change: Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations. Journal of Personality, https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12591
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12591
Keywords posttraumatic growth; methodological approaches to studying adversity; personality change; open science; adversity; character change
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jopy.12591
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jayawickreme, E., Infurna, F. J., Alajak, K., Blackie, L. E. R., Chopik, W. J., Chung, J. M., …Zonneveld, R. (2020). Post‐Traumatic Growth as Positive Personality Change: Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations. Journal of Personality, https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12591, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12591. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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