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Posttraumatic growth as positive personality change: evidence, controversies and future directions

Jayawickreme, Eranda; Blackie, Laura E.R.

Authors

Eranda Jayawickreme jayawide@wfu.edu



Abstract

This target article focuses on the construct of post-traumatic growth—positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Prominent theories of post-traumatic growth define it in terms of personality change, and as a result, this area of research should be of great interest to personality psychologists. Despite this fact, most of the research on this topic has not been sufficiently informed by relevant research in personality psychology, and much of the extant research suffers from significant methodological limitations. We review the literature on post-traumatic growth, with a particular focus on how researchers have conceptualized it and the specific methodological issues associated with these conceptualizations. We outline some ways in which personality science can both be enriched by the study of this phenomenon and inform rigorous research on post-traumatic growth and provide a series of guidelines for future research of post-traumatic growth as positive personality change.

Citation

Jayawickreme, E., & Blackie, L. E. (in press). Posttraumatic growth as positive personality change: evidence, controversies and future directions. European Journal of Personality, 28(4), https://doi.org/10.1002/per.1963

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 13, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 23, 2016
Journal European Journal of Personality
Print ISSN 0890-2070
Electronic ISSN 1099-0984
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/per.1963
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37089
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/per.1963/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article was an invited TARGET ARTICLE.

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