A short form of the posttraumatic growth inventory

Arnie Cann, Lawrence G. Calhoun, Richard G. Tedeschi, Kanako Taku, Tanya Vishnevsky, Kelli N. Triplett, Suzanne C. Danhauer

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Abstract

A short form of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI-SF) is described. A sample of 1351 adults who had completed the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) in previous studies provided the basis for item selection. The resulting 10- item form includes two items from each of the five subscales of the original PTGI, selected on the basis of loadings on the original factors and breadth of item content. A separate sample of 186 completed the short form of the scale (PTGISF). Confirmatory factor analyses on both data sets demonstrated a five-factor structure for the PTGI-short form (PTGI-SF) equivalent to that of the PTGI. Three studies of homogenous clinical samples (bereaved parents, intimate partner violence victims, and acute leukemia patients) demonstrated that the PTGI-SF yields relationships with other variables of interest that are equivalent to those found using the original form of the PTGI. A final study demonstrated that administering the 10 short-form items in a random order, rather than in the fixed context of the original scale, did not impact the performance of the PTGI-SF. Overall, these results indicate that the PTGI-SF could be substituted for the PTGI with little loss of information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Posttraumatic growth inventory
  • Stress
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., Tedeschi, R. G., Taku, K., Vishnevsky, T., Triplett, K. N., & Danhauer, S. C. (2010). A short form of the posttraumatic growth inventory. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 23(2), 127-137. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615800903094273