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The relationship between maladaptive schema modes, experiential avoidance and personality functioning in personality disorder patients

Vennemann, C. (2018) The relationship between maladaptive schema modes, experiential avoidance and personality functioning in personality disorder patients.

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Abstract:Introduction: This study examined the relationships between maladaptive schema modes, experiential avoidance, and personality functioning in treatment-resistant patients with personality disorders. The role of experiential avoidance as a mediator was examined. Method: This is a cross-sectional study based on a sample of 104 Dutch patients with varied personality disorders. Maladaptive schema modes, EA, and personality functioning were measured through the self-report questionnaires Schema Mode Inventory (SMI), Acceptance and Commitment Questionnaire – II (AAQ-II), and Severity Indices of Personality Problems – Short Form (SIPP-SF). Analysis was done in SPSS Statistics 23 using the PROCESS v.2.16 macro to test for mediation. Results: The results showed that maladaptive schema modes were significantly associated with personality functioning, and that EA was significantly associated with personality functioning. However, EA did not mediate the relationship between maladaptive schema modes and personality functioning. The association between experiential avoidance and personality functioning became insignificant when maladaptive schema modes were added to the model. Discussion: The results suggest that maladaptive schema modes overshadow the relationship between EA and personality functioning. The mediation hypothesis was not confirmed. Instead, it seems the data might well fit a hypothesis where maladaptive schema modes mediate the relationship between EA and personality functioning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76726
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