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Paranormal belief and well-being: The moderating roles of transliminality and psychopathology-related facets

Dagnall, N, Denovan, A, Drinkwater, KG and Escolà-Gascón, Á (2022) Paranormal belief and well-being: The moderating roles of transliminality and psychopathology-related facets. Frontiers in Psychology, 13.

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Evaluation of prior research suggests that belief in the paranormal is more likely to be associated with negative psychological functioning, when presented alongside cognitive-perceptual factors that askew thinking and insight. The current study examined this notion using a sample of 3,084 participants (1,382 males, 1,693 females, nine non-binary). Respondents completed self-report measures assessing Paranormal Belief, Transliminality, psychopathology-related characteristics (Schizotypy and Manic-Depressive Experience), and well-being (Perceived Stress and Somatic Complaints). Responses were analysed via correlations and moderation. Paranormal Belief correlated positively with Transliminality, psychopathology-related measures, Perceived Stress, and Somatic Complaints. Moderation analyses revealed that Transliminality and psychopathology-related variables (i.e., the Unusual Experiences and Cognitive Disorganisation subscales of schizotypy, and Manic-Depressive Experience) interacted with Paranormal Belief in complex ways and were allied to higher scores on negative well-being outcomes. This indicated that within paranormal believers, Transliminality and specific psychopathology-related variables in combination predicted susceptibility to negative well-being outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: belief in the paranormal; manic-depressive experience; moderation; schizotypy; transliminality; well-being; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Frontiers Media
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2024 07:58
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:00
DOI or ID number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.915860
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23535
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