The Janus face of schizotypy: enhanced spiritual connection or existential despair?

Unterrainer, Human-Friedrich and Lewis, Andrew James 2014, The Janus face of schizotypy: enhanced spiritual connection or existential despair?, Psychiatry research, vol. 220, no. 1-2, pp. 233-236, doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.07.028.

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Title The Janus face of schizotypy: enhanced spiritual connection or existential despair?
Author(s) Unterrainer, Human-Friedrich
Lewis, Andrew James
Journal name Psychiatry research
Volume number 220
Issue number 1-2
Start page 233
End page 236
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-12-15
ISSN 0165-1781
Keyword(s) Early adulthood
Psychological well-being
Summary It has been asserted that schizotypy has a negative relationship with subjective well-being. By employing a multidimensional measure of spiritual well being with 400 British College students we report a more complex relationship. The Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being and Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire-Brief Version were used and analysis made use of Canonical Correlational Analysis. Results suggested that two distinct relationships emerged between schizotypy and spirituality. First, a positive association between cognitive/perceptual features of schizotypy and spiritual connectedness emerged. Second a more global negative relationship between feelings of spiritual isolation and despair was found for all aspects of schizotypy. These findings challenge the previous literature based on one-dimensional subjective well being measures which have found only a negative relationship. However, the positive association between connectedness and cognitive-perceptual aspects of schizotypy raises import questions about the possible benefit of certain types of schizotypal experience.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.07.028
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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