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|Title:||Paranormal Belief as a Psychological Coping Mechanism||Contributor(s):||Callaghan, Amelia Jane (author); Irwin, Harvey J (author)||Publication Date:||2003||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11346||Abstract:||Psychodynamic depictions of the functions of paranormal belief imply that such belief may serve as a psychological coping mechanism. The relation between the intensity of paranormal beliefs and three global coping styles was investigated in a sample of Australian adults. Canonical correlation analysis revealed a weak relationship between global paranormal belief and the combination of avoidant coping and a lack of task-oriented coping. The findings are interpreted to suggest that the activation of paranormal beliefs either serves only a minor role as a coping technique or is a relatively specialized adaptive response to a particular class of perceived threat to the person's psychological well-being.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 67.3(872), p. 200-207||Publisher:||Society for Psychical Research||Place of Publication:||United Kingdom||ISSN:||0037-9751||Field of Research (FOR):||170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology||Socio-Economic Outcome Codes:||920410 Mental Health||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Other Links:||http://www.spr.ac.uk/psedsite/JSPRabstracts.php3?year=2003#jul||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 1040
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