Findings from Auburn University in the Area of Trauma Research Described (Dimensions of Growth? Examining the Distinctiveness of the Five Factors of...

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Findings from Auburn University in the Area of Trauma Research Described (Dimensions of Growth? Examining the Distinctiveness of the Five Factors of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medicine - Trauma Research. According to news reporting out of Auburn, Alabama, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Posttraumatic growth, defined as positive transformation following trauma, is commonly measured using the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI; Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996) and is postulated to comprise five distinct domains: Changes in Relationships, Life Possibilities, Personal Strength, Spirituality, and Appreciation of Life. However, research has indicated that the model fit is not good and the factors are highly intercorrelated."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Auburn University, "Further, no studies have formally examined the heterogeneity of correlations of the five factors with external constructs. In an effort to examine the construct validity of the five-factor model of the PTGI, the present study aimed to examine the degree to which the theorized five factors demonstrate meaningful differential associations with relevant external correlates. Participants were 400 undergraduate students who reported having experienced a stressful event and completed the Life Events Checklist for DSM-5, PTGI, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist for DSM-5, Grit Scale-12, Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale-10, and Work and Social Adjustment Scale. We found few instances of significant differentiation, and effect sizes for pairwise comparisons were generally small, Cohen's qs=0.01-0.35. Although factor analytic evidence suggests there are five distinct underlying constructs, our results?indicated that these factors do not significantly differ in their associations with external correlates."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Implications for use of the PTGI and future research directions are discussed."

For more information on this research see: Dimensions of Growth? Examining the Distinctiveness of the Five Factors of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 2018;31(3):448-453. Journal of Traumatic Stress can be contacted at: Wiley-Liss, Div John Wiley & Sons Inc, 111 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of Traumatic Stress - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1573-6598)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.W. Silverstein, Dept. of Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, United States. Additional authors for this research include T.K. Witte, D.J. Lee, L.B. Kramer and F.W Weathers (see also Health and Medicine - Trauma Research).

The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22298. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.

Publisher contact information for the Journal of Traumatic Stress is: Wiley-Liss, Div John Wiley & Sons Inc, 111 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA.

Keywords for this news article include: Auburn, Alabama, United States, Trauma Research, Health and Medicine, North and Central America.

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