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The protective function of personal growth initiative among a genocide-affected population in Rwanda

Blackie, Laura E.R.; Jayawickreme, Eranda; Forgeard, Marie, J.C.; Jayawickreme, Nuwan

Authors

Eranda Jayawickreme jayawide@wfu.edu

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

Nuwan Jayawickreme nuwan.jayawickreme@manhattan.edu



Abstract

The aim of the current study was to investigate the extent to which individual differences in personal growth initiative (PGI) were associated with lower reports of functional impairment of daily activities among a genocide-affected population in Rwanda. PGI measures an individual’s motivation to develop as a person and the extent to which he or she is active in setting goals that work toward achieving self-improvement. We found that PGI was negatively associated with functional impairment when controlling for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other demographic factors. Our results suggest that PGI may constitute an important mindset for facilitating adaptive functioning in the aftermath of adversity and in the midst of psychological distress, and as such they might have practical applications for the development of intervention programs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 15, 2015
Journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Print ISSN 1942-9681
Electronic ISSN 1942-9681
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Blackie, L. E., Jayawickreme, E., Forgeard, M. J., & Jayawickreme, N. (2015). The protective function of personal growth initiative among a genocide-affected population in Rwanda. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7(4), https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000010.search
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000010.search
Publisher URL http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2014-48764-001
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 may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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