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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 3, 346-367, 2012
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Repressive Coping Style and Mnemic Neglect

Authors
Jo Saunders, Rhian Worth & Marcelle Fernandes
Department of Psychology, Swansea University

Volume 3, Issue 3, 2012, Pages 346-367
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.020211

Abstract
Previous research has suggested that we tend to exhibit selective forgetting for information which is self threatening - an effect known as mnemic neglect. Three experiments are reported which examine mnemic neglect in repressors, low anxiety, high anxiety and defensive high anxious participants. In Experiment 1, repressors were found to forget more self threatening information than low anxious participants while high anxious and defensive high anxious remembered more. In Experiments 2 and 3 boundary conditions to the mnemic neglect effects were found to be present with repressors forgetting more self threatening information than low anxious participants for information that was unmodifiable (Experiment 2) and when this information was highly diagnostic (Experiment 3). High anxious and defensive high anxious participants, conversely, recalled more of this information. The findings indicate that repressors show enhanced mnemic neglect effects while high anxious and defensive high anxious participants show reversed effects.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Experiment 1: Repression and Self Threatening Memories
Method
Participants and design.
Materials.
Procedure.
Results and Discussion
Experiment 2: Trait Modifiablity and Repression
Method
Participants and design.
Materials and procedure.
Results and Discussion
Experiment 3: Trait Diagnosticity and Repression
Method
Participants and design.
Materials and procedure.
Results and Discussion
General Discussion
References
Appendix A:
Appendix B:

Correspondence to
Jo Saunders, Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, UK. SA2 8PP.

Keywords
repressive coping style, anxiety, self threatening memories

Dates
Received 14 Jun 2011; Revised 11 Oct 2011; Accepted 13 Oct 2011; In Press 23 Apr 2012







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