ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 4, 624-638, 2012
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Emotions, Traits and Negative Beliefs as Possible Mediators in the Relationship between Childhood Experiences of being Bullied and Paranoid Thinking in a Non-Clinical Sample

Dr. Christian Daniel Ashford, Dr. Katie Ashcroft, Dr. Nick Maguire
School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2012, Pages 624-638

This paper describes a study investigating whether negative beliefs, traits or emotions mediate the relationship between an adverse early life experience, being a victim of bullying, and psychotic like phenomena, paranoid thinking, in a non-clinical population. A cross-sectional research design was utilised with 135 undergraduate students completing self-report questionnaires. The results revealed that negative beliefs about self and depression significantly mediated the relationship between indirect aggression and paranoid thinking, whereas negative beliefs about others mediated the relationship between direct verbal aggression and paranoid thinking. These findings suggest that negative beliefs and depression are the mediators of the relationship between bullying and paranoid thinking thus further contributing to the understanding of the association between adverse early life experiences and paranoid thinking.

Table of Contents
    Modified Direct and Indirect Aggression Scales (Modified DIAS; Owens, Shute & Slee, 2000):
    Interpersonal Sensitivity Measure (IPSM; Boyce & Parker, 1989):
    Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS: Zigmond & Snaith, 1983);
    The Brief Core Schema Scales (BCSS; Fowler et al., 2006):
    The Green et al. Paranoid Thought Scales (GPTS; Green et al., 2008):

Correspondence to
Dr Katie Ashcroft, Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, Antelope House, Brintons Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YG.

Childhood bullying, paranoid thinking, mediators, negative beliefs, emotions

Received 29 Sep 2011; Revised 8 Dec 2011; Accepted 8 Feb 2012; In Press 23 Sep 2012

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