Schizotypal traits and their relation to rejection sensitivity in the general population: the mediation by quality of life, agreeableness and neuroticism

Premkumar, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1934-6741, Onwumere, J., Betts, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089, Kibowski, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8852-1278 and Kuipers, E., 2018. Schizotypal traits and their relation to rejection sensitivity in the general population: the mediation by quality of life, agreeableness and neuroticism. Psychiatry Research, 267, pp. 201-209. ISSN 0165-1781

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Abstract

Schizotypal traits are a cluster of personality styles suggesting a potential liability for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Rejection sensitivity is evident all along this continuum. This study aimed to determine whether the relation between schizotypy and rejection sensitivity was mediated by psychosocial quality of life (QOL), neuroticism and agreeableness. Three hundred and eighteen participants from a predominantly University student population completed an online survey measuring schizotypy, rejection sensitivity, quality of life, and the five-factor personality traits. A regression analysis determined the prediction of rejection sensitivity by the facets of the other variables. Analyses examined the mediation of the relation between interpersonal schizotypy and rejection sensitivity by psychological QOL, social QOL, neuroticism, and agreeableness. Interpersonal schizotypal traits were cognitive disorganisation which includes social anxiety, and introvertive anhedonia which includes a lack of pleasure in social activities. Interpersonal schizotypy predicted greater rejection sensitivity. Psychological QOL, social QOL, neuroticism, and agreeableness mediated the relation between interpersonal schizotypy and rejection sensitivity. To conclude, a higher level of interpersonal schizotypy relates to greater rejection sensitivity. This association is mediated by psychosocial factors that lower one’s ability to have positive feelings and trusting relationships, and personality traits that increase worrying and lower prosocial behaviour.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychiatry Research
Creators: Premkumar, P., Onwumere, J., Betts, L., Kibowski, F. and Kuipers, E.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: September 2018
Volume: 267
ISSN: 0165-1781
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.psychres.2018.06.002DOI
S0165178117319030Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: Crown Copyright © 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 Jun 2018 10:17
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 16:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33834

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