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Title: Spiritual Emergency, Psychosis, and Personality: A quantitative investigation
Contributor(s): Harris, Kylie P  (author); Rock, Adam J  (author)orcid ; Clark, Gavin I  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Spiritual emergency (SE) is a process of spiritual emergence that becomes a psychological crisis and may appear identical to clinical psychosis. This study attempted to validate Goretzki, Thalbourne and Storm's (2009) Spiritual Emergency Subscales (SES), and Experiences of Psychotic Symptoms Scale (EPSS) as measures of SE and psychosis, respectively. The study also investigated whether personality traits (i.e., transliminality, dissociation, sensitivity, openness to change, tension and abstractedness) predicted SES and EPSS scores. Two hundred and twenty-four participants completed an anonymous online questionnaire. Factor analysis revealed that the SES is a multidimensional scale. Results showed preliminary support for the reliability of both scales and the validity of the EPSS. However, the SES may not be sufficiently capturing the crisis aspect of SE. Transliminality predicted scores on both scales, while dissociation and emotional stability predicted EPSS scores. In conclusion, results indicate that the SES requires modification if it is to be a valid measure of SE.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 47(2), p. 263-285
Publisher: Association for Transpersonal Psychology
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0022-524X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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