Measurement of positive irrational beliefs (positive cognitive illusions)

Collard, James J, Cummins, Robert A and Fuller-Tyskiewicz, Matthew 2016, Measurement of positive irrational beliefs (positive cognitive illusions), Journal of happiness studies, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 1069-1088, doi: 10.1007/s10902-015-9632-x.

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Title Measurement of positive irrational beliefs (positive cognitive illusions)
Author(s) Collard, James J
Cummins, Robert AORCID iD for Cummins, Robert A
Fuller-Tyskiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyskiewicz, Matthew
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 3
Start page 1069
End page 1088
Total pages 20
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 1389-4978
Keyword(s) Positive
Summary The role of positive irrational beliefs (positive cognitive illusions) in mental health has been debated over several decades. The measurement of such beliefs has usually been through inferential assessment, which has been heavily criticised. This paper sought to establish a measure for the direct assessment of such beliefs and to assess their relationship to subjective wellbeing (SWB). Over two studies this new measure was found to have a factor structure consistent with its design, assessing self-enhancing beliefs, beliefs rejecting imperfection, overly optimistic beliefs, and irrational beliefs of control. When combined, these beliefs account for 17.6 % of the variance with SWB. This is driven largely by a higher order factor, which demonstrates a positive relationship to SWB. However, individually the different types of irrational beliefs demonstrate a variety of relationships with SWB. It is therefore concluded that positive irrational beliefs, when directly assessed, provide a greater depth of information than they do when assessed inferentially.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-015-9632-x
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
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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