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Abstract

Objectives

This study aimed to determine the underlying factor structure of the mainland Chinese version of the Post-traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI-MC) and the determinants of post-trauma growth (PTG).

Methods

A total of 297 participants who had been treated for chronic skin diseases completed the PTGI-MC and other self-report inventories assessing resilience, optimism, hope, and self-efficacy.

Results

Similarly to other populations which have experienced trauma and adversity, chronic skin disease patients also report PTG. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis showed a factor structure that differed from that of the original English-language version of the PTGI. The dimensions of growth could also be broadly summarized into three dimensions in this mainland Chinese sample. Stepwise regression analysis showed that resilience was the strongest determinant of PTG compared with optimism, hope, and self-efficacy.

Discussion

Implications for further research and interventions facilitating PTG are discussed.