The psychology of persecutory ideation I: A questionnaire survey

Freeman, Daniel, Dunn, Graham, Garety, Philippa A., Bebbington, Paul, Slater, Mel, Kuipers, Elizabeth, Fowler, David, Green, Catherine, Jordan, Joel and Ray, Katarzyna (2005) The psychology of persecutory ideation I: A questionnaire survey. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 193 (5). pp. 302-308. ISSN 1539-736X

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Paranoia is a complex phenomenon that is likely to arise from a number of factors. In a recent cognitive model of persecutory delusions, three key factors are highlighted: anomalous experiences, emotion, and reasoning. In the first of two linked studies, we report a questionnaire survey of nonclinical paranoia designed to assess the theoretical model. A nonclinical population (N = 327) completed measures of paranoia, anomalous experiences (hallucinatory predisposition, perceptual anomalies), emotion (depression, anxiety, self-focus, stress, interpersonal sensitivity), and reasoning (need for closure). Paranoia was best explained by separation anxiety, depression, fragile inner self, hallucinatory experiences, discomfort with ambiguity, stress, self-focus, perceptual anomalies, and anxiety. The findings are consistent with the central predictions within the model of paranoia.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Psychological Sciences (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:09
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2023 10:30
DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000161687.12931.67

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