Network Analysis of Posttraumatic Growth Dimensions: A Cross-Sectional Study in People Who Experienced the Death of a Loved One from COVID-19 in 16 Latin American Countries

Tomás Caycho-Rodríguez, Jonatan Baños-Chaparro, José Ventura-León, Lindsey W. Vilca, Carlos Carbajal-León, Pablo D. Valencia, Daniel E. Yupanqui-Lorenzo, Rubí Paredes-Angeles, Walter L. Arias Gallegos, Mario Reyes-Bossio, Mariel Delgado-Campusano, Miguel Gallegos, Claudio Rojas-Jara, Roberto Polanco-Carrasco, Mauricio Cervigni, Pablo Martino, Marlon Elías Lobos-Rivera, Rodrigo Moreta-Herrera, Diego Alejandro Palacios Segura, Antonio Samaniego-PinhoAndrés Buschiazzo Figares, Diana Ximena Puerta-Cortés, Andrés Camargo, Julio Torales, J. Arkangel Monge Blanco, Pedronel González, Vanessa Smith-Castro, Olimpia Petzold-Rodriguez, Ibraín Enrique Corrales-Reyes, Raymundo Calderón, Wendy Yamilet Matute Rivera, Daniela Ferrufino-Borja, Agueda Muñoz-del-Carpio-Toia, Jorge Palacios, Carmen Burgos-Videla, Ana María Eduviges Florez León, Ibeth Vergara, Diego Vega, Marion K. Schulmeyer, Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo, Hassell Tatiana Urrutia Rios, Arelly Esther Lira Lira, Jesús Ayala-Colqui

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Abstract

The present study aimed to apply a network analysis model to provide an exploratory empirical conceptualization of dynamic networks of posttraumatic growth (PTG) symptoms in 7,434 people who experienced the death of a loved one from COVID-19 in 16 Latin American countries. The Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory: Short Form of Eight Items was used. A non-regularized network with partial correlation coefficients was estimated through the ggmModSelect algorithm. The network architecture was analyzed for each country through its local properties and global properties. The results indicated that the networks differed significantly between countries. The core dimensions in the networks were relating to others, personal strength, and life value and opportunities, which were more related dimensions that reinforce the emergence of PTG in all countries. The findings may be useful to motivate researchers and mental health professionals to consider the importance of the individual dimensions of PTG in groups of people who experienced the death of a loved one from COVID-19 in 16 Latin American countries, as well as their interrelationships.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIllness Crisis and Loss
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Latin American
  • dynamic networks
  • mental health
  • posttraumatic growth
  • traumatic events

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