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Assessing the Current Sense of Personal Growth among Japanese Middle School Children

[Speaker] Iimura, Shuhei:1
[Co-author] Taku, Kanako:2
1:Graduate School of Letters, Chuo University (Japan), 2:Department of Psychology, Oakland University (United States of America)

Research on posttraumatic growth (PTG) has raised a question as to whether or not children's perceived PTG experiences are correlated with the quantifiable changes pre and post stressful life event. Frazier and her colleagues modified the PTG Inventory to measure the current sense of PTG (C-PTGI) to assess the quantifiable changes. This study developed the 10-item Japanese version of the C-PTGI for children (C-PTGI-Children-Revised-Japanese: C-PTGI-C-R-J). Students in ninth grade (N = 310, 155 girls) participated in an online survey. Exploratory factor analysis yielded a two factor structure: General Growth and Spiritual Growth, being consistent with the original PTGI-C-R-J. Cronbach's alpha of these subscales were .86 and.72. The total score was correlated with the Big Five personality traits and resilience, showing the appropriateness of the items. The C-PTGI-C-R-J has a good reliability and validity for assessing pre- and post-event PTG in children.
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