ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of the Korean version of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory(K-PTGI). 808 participants(664 normal adults including university students and 144 PTSD patients) were asked to complete the K-PTGI, psychological well-being scale, impact of event scale, multidimensional coping scale, social desirability scale, Beck depression inventory, and state-trait anxiety inventory. The result of factor analysis of K-PTGI suggested 4 factor(Changes of Self-perception, The increase of Interpersonal depth, Finding new possibilities, The increase of Spiritual interest) structures indicating that similar factor structures exist for both the PTGI and K-PTGI, although some cross-cultural differences were suggested. The results showed high internal consistency, test-retest and reliability. The result also showed that participants’ posttraumatic growth was positively correlated to psychological well-being, positive coping and was negatively correlated to depression and state anxiety, negative coping. But, that was unrelated to social desirability, trait-anxiety and PTSD symptoms. Additionally, the result showed that the group of PTSD patients experienced significantly lower level of posttraumatic growth than the group of normal students who had experienced trauma. This study showed K-PTGI has convergent, concurrent, and discriminant validity. Finally, limitations of this study were discussed in relation with future studies.

KEYWORD

Posttraumatic Growth, PTSD, psychological well-being, coping, impact of event

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