ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 7, Issue 4, 549-563, 2016
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Dealing with Rejection: Post-Event Processing in Social Anxiety and Paranoia

  Marilyn Piccirillo - Psychology Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
  Richard Heimberg - Psychology Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

Volume 7, Issue 4, 2016, Pages 549-563


Social anxiety and paranoia both involve a ‘fear of others’ and often co-occur. Post-event processing (PEP), the mental replaying of social events after their conclusion, may be related to both psychological states, although there has been little test of this premise for paranoia. This study examined PEP after social exclusion as a function of social anxiety and paranoia and tested the potential moderating role of state anger at three time-points. Social anxiety and paranoia predicted greater engagement in PEP, and paranoia amplified levels of PEP at higher levels of social anxiety. State anger moderated the relationship between paranoia and PEP. These results further corroborate the relationship of PEP and social anxiety and highlight the relationship of PEP to paranoia and the moderating role of state anger in that relationship. Future studies should continue to elucidate the differences in the ‘fear of others’ phenomenon that may link social anxiety and paranoia.

Table of Contents
  Criterion Variable
  Cyberball Measures
 Data analytic plan
 Descriptive Statistics (see Table 1)
 Correlational Analyses
 Primary Analyses (see Tables 2-4)
  Model 1: Interactions between predictor variables
  Model 2: State Anger as a moderator

Correspondence to
Richard G. Heimberg, Department of Psychology, Temple University, Weiss Hall, 1701 N. 13th St., Philadelphia PA 19122.

anxiety; paranoia; post-event processing; anger; social exclusion

Received 27 Jan 2016; Revised 4 Jun 2016; Accepted 4 Jun 2016; In Press 26 Jun 2016

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