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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (9): 1413-1422.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01413

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Personal Growth Initiative: Concept, Measurement, and the Influence

SUN Dengyong1; WANG Qian2; WANG Mei3; MAN Congying3   

  1. (1 Centre of Mental Health Education, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 China) (2 Institute of Applied Psychology, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074 China) (3 Department of Economy and Management, Wuhan International Trade University, Wuhan 430205 China)
  • Received:2014-02-26 Online:2014-09-15 Published:2014-09-15
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Personal Growth Initiative (PGI) refers to the cognitive and behavioral tendencies of engaging in active and intentional personal growth. PGI has been conceptualized into four relatively independent dimensions: readiness for change, planfulness, using resources, and intentional behaviors. Studies have revealed that PGI is determined by personality and family functions, and in turn have great implications for mental health and vocational identity. More efforts should be devoted to address the conceptualization, methodological issues, and predictors of PGI in Chinese cultural context.

Key words: personal growth initiative, personality, family functions, mental health, vocational identity