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Journal of Forensic Research
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Research Article

How Do Non-Clinical Paranoid and Socially Anxious Individuals React to Failure? The Role of Hostility and State Anxiety

Barbara Lopes1* and Jose Augusto Veiga Pinto-Gouveia2

1Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hamsphire, SO14 OYN, United Kingdom

2Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciencias de Educacao da Universidade de Coimbra Rua do Colegio Novo, Apartado 6153, P- 3001- 802, Coimbra, Portugal

*Corresponding Author:
Barbara Lopes
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton, Hamsphire
SO14 OYN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)23 8031 9030
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 22, 2012; Accepted date: February 28, 2012; Published date: March 01, 2012

Citation: Lopes B, Pinto-Gouveia JAV (2012) How Do Non-Clinical Paranoid and Socially Anxious Individuals React to Failure? The Role of Hostility and State Anxiety. J Forensic Res 3:144. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000144

Copyright: © 2012 Lopes B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Theoretical models of persecutory delusions have emphasized the impact of negative emotion namely anxiety at the early stages of symptom formation. Also, studies on persecutory delusions have discovered that trait anger is associated to the presence of paranoid delusions.

Method: We did a quasi experimental study that induced social stress. Firstly we constituted three groups based on standardized cut off scores for measures of paranoia, social anxiety and depression: a paranoia group vs. a socially anxious group vs. a control group. We then measured the psychological characteristics of the three groups by self-report at time 1 (before the experiment). Participants were randomly assigned to the conditions of success vs. failure of personal performance in a computer game task. After the experience (time 2) participant’s positive vs. negative emotional reactions to performance and their levels of multidimensional paranoid ideation, anger and anxiety were measured by self-report.

Results: A MANCOVA revealed a statistically significant interaction between group x condition for the emotional reactions to performance but not for the paranoid ideation at time 2. Results further revealed that hostility acted as a vulnerability factor, presenting a main statistically significant effect on paranoid reactions (time 2) and interacted with the independent variables of group belonging and experimental condition for an increase on the frequency of paranoid ideation, whereas anxiety interacted with group and condition for an increase of the distress of paranoid ideation.

Conclusions: The importance of temperamental hostility and anxiety suggest clinical interventions that would help individuals to deal with their anger and anxiety preventing the development and maintenance of paranoid ideation.

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