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A cross-sectional study to explore the mediating effect of intrinsic aspiration on the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth

Murphy, David; Demetriou, Evangelia; Joseph, Stephen

Authors

Evangelia Demetriou



Abstract

Person-centered psychotherapy is based on the growth paradigm of psychological distress. Person-centered therapy is, therefore, ideally placed to facilitate posttraumatic growth. There were two aims of this study. The first was to explore the association between unconditional positive self-regard and the construct of posttraumatic growth. The second was to explore the mediating effect of intrinsic aspirations on the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. A cross-sectional correlation design was used to ask a sample of Cypriot origin participants (N = 99) to complete the Unconditional Positive Self-Regard Scale (UPSR), Intrinsic Aspirations subscale of the Aspirations Index and Post Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Findings showed that unconditional positive self-regard was significantly positively correlated with posttraumatic growth and that the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth was successfully partially mediated by intrinsic aspirations. This is the first study to test for the mechanisms by which unconditional positive self-regard predicts posttraumatic growth. The findings also support a link between the phenomenon of posttraumatic growth and person-centered theory at a construct level. Implications for person-centered therapy are discussed and suggestions for further research are proposed.

Citation

Murphy, D., Demetriou, E., & Joseph, S. (in press). A cross-sectional study to explore the mediating effect of intrinsic aspiration on the association between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14(3), https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2015.1051238

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 5, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 11, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 15, 2016
Journal Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
Electronic ISSN 1477-9757
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2015.1051238
Keywords Unconditional positive self-regard; intrinsic aspirations;
posttraumatic growth
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34024
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14779757.2015.1051238
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/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 11/08/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14779757.2015.1051238

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