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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
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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
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