1. Factors predicting the rate of Post-traumatic Growth


Thank you for agreeing to participate in this research into predictors of Posttraumatic growth. This research is being conducted as part of the Year 3 dissertation module on the BSc Psychology with Sociology course at Nottingham Trent University.

The questionnaires are designed to assess different aspects of your personality and social structure, along with your posttraumatic growth. The specific scales include Extraversion, Openness-to-experience, Optimism, Resilience, Social Structure and Posttraumatic Growth. None of the questionnaires will discuss specific traumatic experiences; however an indication of the subject of the trauma (e.g. combat exposure) is requested. All scales included in the survey have been suggested as having a potential impact on growth after trauma; our research is hoping to provide further evidence in relation to this potential impact. The questionnaires are relatively short and should take you no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

There will be instructions provided throughout the survey indicating how responses should be made within particular sections. Please pay careful attention to these instructions as this will help us get the very best information from you and allow us to correctly record your responses. If there are any questions you do not wish to answer then you don’t have to – however, please do try to answer every question if you possibly can as this will help us to get the most from your answers. There are no right or wrong answers; we are interested in what you have to say no matter how you reply.

In order to identify your own responses should you wish to withdraw, you will be asked for a unique identifier code. This code is your first name along with your age and sex (e.g. chris23M). You have the right to withdraw your data at any point up until 01.04.2011; at this point, the data will be analysed and the report written. Your data will be kept anonymous and confidential at all times. Should you wish to read a copy of the finished report, please contact myself or the dissertation supervisor: contact details are provided at the end of the survey.

Each scale will have instructions to help you complete them effectively. The specific scales used are listed below:

• Extraversion Scale
• Optimism Scale
• Openness-to-Experience Scale (all found at: ipip.ori.org)
• 14-item Resilience Scale (Wagnild & Young, 1993)
• Social Support Questionnaire (short version) (Sarason et al. 1987)
• Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996).

If you have read and understood the information provided above and wish to continue this research, please continue to the first section of the survey.