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A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth

Flanagan, Sarah; Patterson, Tom G.; Hume, Ian R.; Joseph, Stephen

Authors

Sarah Flanagan

Tom G. Patterson

Ian R. Hume



Abstract

The present study investigated whether unconditional positive self-regard (UPSR) is associated with subsequent posttraumatic growth (PTG) following the experience of a traumatic life event. A total of 143 participants completed an online questionnaire to assess the experience of traumatic life events, posttraumatic stress, well-being and UPSR (Time 1). Three months later, 76 of the participants completed measures of well-being and perceived PTG (Time 2). Analyses were conducted to test for association between UPSR at Time 1 and perceptions of PTG at Time 2. Results showed that higher UPSR at T1 was associated with higher perceived PTG at Time 2. To measure actual growth, individual differences in well-being were computed between Time 1 and Time 2. Results showed that higher UPSR at T1 was associated with higher actual PTG. Implications of these findings are discussed and future directions for research in this area considered. Specifically, results are consistent with a person-centered understanding of therapeutic approaches to the facilitation of PTG

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 2, 2015
Journal Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies
Print ISSN 1477-9757
Electronic ISSN 1752-9182
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Flanagan, S., Patterson, T. G., Hume, I. R., & Joseph, S. (2015). A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14(3), https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2015.1047960
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2015.1047960
Keywords Posttraumatic growth, unconditional positive self-regard, longitudinal
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14779757.2015.1047960
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies on 2 July 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../14779757.2015.1047960.

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