ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 8, Issue 3, 320-331, 2017
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An Examination of Sub-Clinical Paranoia in a Correctional Setting

  Joshua Tiegreen - Durham VA Medical Center, Mental Health Service Line, Durham, NC
  Dennis Combs - University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Volume 8, Issue 3, 2017, Pages 320-331


Research suggests environmental factors may lead to higher levels of paranoid ideation due to the possibility of harm and self-consciousness present in these situations.  The effect of incarceration on paranoia has received limited investigation.  In the present study, 66 incarcerated and 88 control participants completed measures of paranoid ideation and a measure of self-consciousness.  Results showed scores on all of the paranoia measures were significantly higher among incarcerated individuals as compared to controls.  In the prediction of paranoia scores, only public self-consciousness emerged as a significant predictor.  The results highlight the importance of attending to paranoia among incarcerated persons. 

Table of Contents
  Paranoia Scale
  Paranoia/Suspiciousness Questionnaire
  Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Personality Screening Questionnaire - II
  Self-Consciousness Scale
 Data Analytic Plan

Correspondence to
Dr. Joshua Tiegreen

Paranoia; incarceration; sub-clinical

Received 8 Jul 2014; Revised 27 Feb 2017; Accepted 27 Feb 2017; In Press 19 Mar 2017

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