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Title: The role of attachment in paranoia and hallucinations
Author: Pickering, Laura R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2673 3456
Awarding Body: University of Lancaster
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2007
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Attachment relationships are considered to have a fundamental role in interpersonal relationships and psychological functioning and well-being. Indeed, insecure attachment has been implicated in the vulnerability to psychopathology in later life (Bowlby, 1969, 1973, 1980). This thesis examines the role of attachment in psychosis. The aim of the research was to investigate the role of attachment in proneness to paranoia and hallucinations in a student population. Section one examines relevant empirical and theoretical research in this area. There was a distinct lack of research conducted in this area to date, which prompted the focus of the research. The second section of the thesis consists of a quantitative study of attachment insecurity and proneness to paranoia and hallucinations. A student sample was recruited, with a total of 503 participants taking part. Participants were recruited via email and invited to complete a number of self-report questionnaires over the internet. The questionnaires consisted of measures of paranoia, hallucinations, depression, self-esteem and other measures of psychological factors already implicated in paranoia. The data was analysed using correlational analysis, hierarchical regression analysis and mediator analysis. Findings were consistent with the hypotheses demonstrating that insecure attachment was predicted by paranoia and not hallucinations. Furthermore, the results found that current predictors of paranoia mediated the relationship between attachment insecurities and paranoia. Section three consists of a critical review of the research, including reflection on the methodological strengths and weaknesses of the research, the recruitment process, the emerging findings and the general research process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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