Use of the revised Posttraumatic Growth Inventory for Children.

Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001, USA.
Journal of Traumatic Stress (Impact Factor: 2.72). 07/2009; 22(3):248-53. DOI: 10.1002/jts.20410
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ABSTRACT Posttraumatic growth (PTG; positive change resulting from the struggle with trauma) was examined among children impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The revised Posttraumatic Growth Inventory for Children (PTGI-C-R) assessed PTG at two time points, 12 (T1) and 22 months (T2) posthurricane. The PTGI-C-R demonstrated good reliability. Analyses focused on trauma-related variables in predicting PTG. Child-reported subjective responses to the hurricane and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) correlated with PTG at T1; however, in the regression, only PTSS significantly explained variance in PTG. At follow-up, T1 PTG was the only significant predictor of PTG. Findings suggest that the PTGI-C-R may assist efforts to understand children's responses posttrauma.

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