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Title: Examining the development of self-regard : outcomes and predictors of this upon psychological well-being and posttraumatic growth
Author: Flanagan, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5364 0183
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis comprises three chapters. A systematic literature review, an empirical study and a reflective account. The overarching link between the papers is the development of and the ongoing influence of sense of self/self-regard and its relationship to mental health and growth. The literature review examines the findings of 16 longitudinal studies measuring parental psychological control (PPC) and a measure of negative psychological consequences. The research findings are presented and critically evaluated. Clinical implications of the research findings are discussed and future research directions are suggested. The empirical study sought to identify predictors of posttraumatic growth (PTG) following the experience of an adverse/traumatic life event. 144 participants completed online questionnaires at Time 1 (76 completed the follow up questionnaires three months later). Questionnaires measured the experience and impact of a traumatic life event, along with unconditional positive self-regard (UPSR) and PTG. UPSR was found to significantly mediate the emergence of PTG. Further analysis revealed that when analysed separately, a mediating relationship is maintained for positive self-regard but not conditionality of self-regard. Methodological limitations are considered and suggestions for future research are proposed. The reflective paper provides an overview of the personal and professional growth experienced whilst undertaking this thesis. I also provide a reflective account of how the clinical placement I undertook whilst conducting the thesis influenced my professional development in becoming a more autonomous practitioner.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology