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
Frank J Infurna
LAURA BLACKIE LAURA.BLACKIE@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
William J Chopik
Joanne M Chung
Marie J C Forgeard
R Michael Furr
Odilia M Laceulle
Richard E Lucas
Kate C Mclean
Crystal L Park
Ann Marie Roepke
Zeina Al Sawaf
Rebecca M B White
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.
We outline a set of conceptual and methodological questions and considerations for future work on the topic of post‐traumatic growth.
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.
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|
|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|
|Keywords||posttraumatic growth; methodological approaches to studying adversity; personality change; open science; adversity; character change|
|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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