A survey of dissociation, boundary-thinness, and psychological wellbeing in spiritualist mental mediumship

Roxburgh, E.C. ORCID: 0000-0002-8086-9501 and Roe, C.A., 2011. A survey of dissociation, boundary-thinness, and psychological wellbeing in spiritualist mental mediumship. Journal of Parapsychology, 75 (2), pp. 279-299. ISSN 0022-3387

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The purpose of this study was to explore the personality and psychological wellbeing of Spiritualist mental mediums compared to nonmedium Spiritualists. A total of 159 Spiritualists (mediums = 80, nonmediums = 79) participated in a nationwide cross-sectional survey and completed measures of dissociation, boundary-thinness, psychological wellbeing, fantasy-proneness, and personality. Mediums scored significantly higher than nonmediums on psychological wellbeing, t = 3.80, p <.001, and reported lower psychological distress, t = 3.25, p = p.001, but no significant differences were found between the groups on dissociation or boundary-thinness. Secondary analyses revealed significant differences for extraversion, t = 2.01, p = .046, neuroticism, t = 3.59, p = <.001, and openness to experience, t = 3.21, p = .002, but not for fantasy-proneness, agreeableness, or conscientiousness. Findings suggest that mediumship is not associated with a reported incidence of dissociative experiences or pathology. Results are discussed in relation to previous research that has proposed the mediumship role may serve a therapeutic function.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Parapsychology
Creators: Roxburgh, E.C. and Roe, C.A.
Publisher: Rhine Research Center
Date: 2011
Volume: 75
Number: 2
ISSN: 0022-3387
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Oct 2018 13:35
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 13:35
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34613

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