Attachment style, psychotic phenomena and the relationship with aggression: investigation in a general population sample

Whale, Katherine and Green, Kathleen and Browne, Kevin (2018) Attachment style, psychotic phenomena and the relationship with aggression: investigation in a general population sample. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research . ISSN 2042-8715

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to explore the relationship between attachment style, sub-clinical symptoms of psychosis and aggression in a general population sample.

Design: Using both convenience and snowball sampling, participants in the community (n=213) completed an online questionnaire including previously validated measures of adult attachment, aggression and psychotic like events.

Findings: Results suggested that there were statistically significant correlations between all study variables. Multiple linear regression demonstrated that total psychotic-like experiences and attachment scores significantly predicted variance in total aggression. Moderation approaches revealed that the relationship between psychotic-like events and aggression was stronger in individuals with more insecure attachment styles.

Research limitations/implications: This generalisability of the results is compromised by the sampling methodology and the use of self-report tools. However, the significant results would support larger scale replications investigating similar variables.

Originality/value: This study suggests there is a relationship between psychotic like experiences and facets of aggression in the general population. The findings suggest that attachment is a contributing factor to aggression associated with psychotic like experiences, and highlight the need for similar investigations within clinical samples. The results imply that attachment may be a useful construct for explanatory models of the relationship between adverse childhood experiences, psychotic experiences and aggression.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Katherine Whale, Kathleen Green, Kevin Browne, (2018) "Attachment style, psychotic phenomena and the relationship with aggression: an investigation in a general population sample", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-04-2018-0356.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 08:24
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/55062

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