The association between attachment style, social mentalities and paranoid ideation: An analogue study

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Abstract

Design. An analogue cross-sectional cohort design was used.

Methods. Two hundred and thirteen individuals completed self-report measures of current attachment style, interpersonal problems, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, depression, and anxiety.

Results. Confirmatory factor analysis of the attachment measure suggested a two-factor structure: attachment anxiety and avoidance. Covariance modelling suggested both attachment and a strategy of interpersonal distancing predicted paranoia. Hallucinatory phenomena were predicted by latent constructs representing interpersonal dependence and avoidance strategies.

Conclusions. The findings confirmed a two-factor dimensional model was the optimum model for attachment self-report data. The interaction of attachment theory and social mentalities appears to be a promising framework for exploring developmental aspects of psychotic phenomenology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-93
Number of pages15
JournalPsychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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