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Title:Emotional Awareness and Peculiar Beliefs
Author(s):Boden, Matthew T.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Berenbaum, Howard
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Experimental
Abstract:The relations between emotional awareness and peculiar beliefs were examined in two studies with college student participants. Emotional awareness includes facets representing the extent to which emotions are attended to, and to which their source and their type (i.e., anger vs. fear) are understood. In a cross-sectional study (N = 208) using questionnaire data, it was found that the facets of emotional awareness were additively associated with suspiciousness and interactively associated with dysmorphic body beliefs. These relations varied by sex, and were not artifacts of shared variance with other correlates of peculiar beliefs, such as neuroticism and self-esteem. In contrast to previous research, an analog experiment ( N = 229) provided very little evidence for a causal relation between the facets of emotional awareness and either suspiciousness or dysmorphic body beliefs, although this may be attributable to methodological limitations.
Issue Date:2008
Description:111 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314733
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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