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Examining the functional utility of personal growth initiative in a war-affected Sri Lankan Tamil sample

Demaske, A.; Blackie, Laura E. R.; Jayawickreme, Nuwan; Jayawickreme, Eranda


A. Demaske

Nuwan Jayawickreme

Eranda Jayawickreme


The present study explored personal growth initiative (PGI;Robitschek, 1998)—the extent a person is motivated to and actively sets goals towards achieving self-improvement—and its relationship to functional impairment and life satisfaction among a war-affected Sri Lankan sample. 200 war-affected Tamil individuals in Sri Lanka completed measures of PGI, wartime experiences, functional impairment, and life satisfaction. Two hierarchical regressions were conducted examining current life satisfaction and degree of functional impairment. After controlling for depression and wartime experiences, PGI was positively associated with life satisfaction. However, no association was observed between PGI and reduced functional impairment. In contrast to other contexts of ethnopolitical violence, PGI was associated with subjective well-being, but not improved functioning. These results have implications for potential utilityof PGI across different contexts of ethnopolitical warfare.


Demaske, A., Blackie, L. E. R., Jayawickreme, N., & Jayawickreme, E. (2021). Examining the functional utility of personal growth initiative in a war-affected Sri Lankan Tamil sample. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 12(3), 215–224.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 4, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2021
Publication Date Sep 1, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2021
Journal Asian American Journal of Psychology
Print ISSN 1948-1985
Electronic ISSN 1948-1993
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 215–224
Keywords Personal growth, Resilience, Trauma, Ethnopolitical violence, Well-being
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