The theorized link between stress-related growth (SRG) and enhanced coping intentions was examined in 91 young adults. Participants reported their most stressful event in the past year how they coped with it their perceived SRG from this event and how they would intend to cope should this same event happen again. In general SRG was unrelated to intended changes in coping. Participants then read three vignettes describing stressful events. For each they imagined that it was currently occurring and reported their coping plans. Whereas SRG was positively related to some adaptive coping plans it was also related to several maladaptive strategies inconsistent with coping enhancement. Overall findings suggest that SRG might represent retrospective positive reappraisals vs. growth as has been shown for the related construct of posttraumatic growth (PTG). Implications for the validity of SRG and directions for future research are discussed.
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