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Investigating the veracity of self-reported post-traumatic growth: a profile analysis approach

Blackie, Laura E.R.; Jayawickreme, Eranda; Helzer, Erik, G.; Forgeard, Marie, J.C.; Roepke, Ann Marie

Authors

Eranda Jayawickreme jayawide@wfu.edu

Erik, G. Helzer ehelzer@jhu.edu

Marie, J.C. Forgeard mforgeard@mclean.harvard.edu

Ann Marie Roepke aroepke@sas.upenn.edu



Abstract

Research into posttraumatic growth—positive psychological change that people report in their relationships, priorities in life, and self-perception after experiences of adversity—has been severely critiqued. We investigated the degree to which community members’ friends and relatives corroborated targets’ self-perceived positive and negative changes as measured by the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory-42. We found corroboration only for negative changes when we examined overall (averaged) scores. However, using a profile analysis procedure, we found significant participant–informant agreement on the domains of change that had relatively higher scores in the target’s profile and those that had relatively lower scores. Our results demonstrate that informants were able to observe that targets had changed and were sensitive to the idiosyncratic ways in which these changes had manifested in targets’ behavior.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Social Psychological & Personality Science
Print ISSN 1948-5506
Electronic ISSN 1948-5514
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 7
APA6 Citation Blackie, L. E., Jayawickreme, E., Helzer, E. G., Forgeard, M. J., & Roepke, A. M. (in press). Investigating the veracity of self-reported post-traumatic growth: a profile analysis approach. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(7), https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615587986
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615587986
Keywords posttraumatic growth, positive illusions, corroboration, profile analysis
Publisher URL http://spp.sagepub.com/content/6/7/788
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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