alexa Repressive Coping and Theories about Psychotherapy
ISSN: 2161-0487

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
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Research Article

Repressive Coping and Theories about Psychotherapy

Adrian Furnham1,2* and Alixe Lay1,3

1Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College, London, UK

2Norwegian Business School (BI), Nydalveien, Olso, Norway

3Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Adrian Furnham
Department of Clinical
Educational, and Health Psychology
University College London, London, UK
Tel: 0207 679 7525/25395
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 07, 2016; Accepted Date: October 24, 2016; Published Date: October 31, 2016

Citation: Furnham A, Lay A (2016) Repressive Coping and Theories about Psychotherapy. J Psychol Psychother 6: 283. doi: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000283

Copyright: © 2016 Furnham A, 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.



Repressive coping style has been found to be related to an interpretive bias of negative information. The current study looks to explore differences in understanding toward psychotherapy among groups of four coping styles as classified by Weinberger, Schwartz and Davidson. Participants answered four questionnaires measuring reactions to psychotherapy; attitudes to, and beliefs about, psychotherapy; effectiveness of cures; prognosis of psychological problems; as well as questions regarding their contact with psychotherapy and demographics. Parallel analyses identified two clearly interpretable factors for each of the four questionnaires. A series of one-way ANOVAs indicated differences among groups in understanding of psychotherapy. Moderated hierarchical regressions show that demographic variables, contact with psychotherapy, trait anxiety, social desirability and the interaction between trait anxiety and social desirability predicted these differences. Limitations and implications were discussed.


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