Post-traumatic growth enhances social identification in liver transplant patients: a longitudinal study

Scrignaro, M., Sani, F., Wakefield, J.R.H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9155-9683, Bianchi, E., Magrin, M.E. and Gangeri, L., 2016. Post-traumatic growth enhances social identification in liver transplant patients: a longitudinal study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 88, pp. 28-32. ISSN 0022-3999

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Abstract

Objective: The main aim of this paper is to investigate the prediction that greater subjective identification with relevant groups and social categories (i.e. family ) can be an outcome of post-traumatic growth (PTG). To date there are no studies that have explored these relationships.

Methods: A longitudinal study was conducted with a group of 100 liver transplant patients from the outpatient populations of the participating centre. Data were collected by means of a self-report questionnaire, which was completed at two different time points (T1 and T2) that were 24 months apart. PTG was assessed using the Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory, while both transplantee and family identification were assessed using group identification scales. A path model was tested, using a structural equation model (SEM) approach, to examine the reciprocal effects among family identification, transplantee identification, and PTG over time.

Results: As predicted, we found that greater PTG T1 predicted both greater family identification T2 and marginally greater transplantee identification T2. However, the two identification variables did not predict PTG over time.

Conclusions: The results show that family identification and transplantee identification may be outcomes of the PTG process, confirming the importance of adopting a thriving multidimensional model of adjustment to medical illness, whereby people facing adverse life events, such as transplantation, may flourish rather than deteriorate psychologically.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Creators: Scrignaro, M., Sani, F., Wakefield, J.R.H., Bianchi, E., Magrin, M.E. and Gangeri, L.
Publisher: Elsevier for the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine
Date: September 2016
Volume: 88
ISSN: 0022-3999
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.07.004DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 15 Jul 2016 12:54
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 11:28
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28142

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