Associations between attachment and psychopathology dimensions in a large sample of patients with psychosis.

Nikie Korver-Nieberg, Katherine Berry, Carin Meijer, Lieuwe de Haan, Alexander M Ponizovsky

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    Abstract

    Attachment theory is a powerful theoretical framework that complements and extents current models psychosis. We tested the hypothesis that attachment anxiety and avoidance are differentially associated with the severity of positive, negative and general psychopathology symptoms in patients with a diagnosis of psychosis. Five hundred patients with DSM-IV or ICD-10 diagnoses of psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective or non-affective psychosis) from independent samples from Netherlands, United Kingdom and Israel completed the Relationship Questionnaire. Psychopathology was assessed with the Positive and Negative Syndromes Scale. We used both categorical and dimensional approach to attachment data, which were analyzed using ANOVA with post-hoc tests, Pearson׳s correlations and multiple regression analysis. The conservative level of statistical significance was established (p
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPsychiatry Research
    Volume228
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2015

    Keywords

    • Adult attachment
    • Psychosis
    • Symptoms

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