The effect of unfavourable and favourable social comparisons on paranoid ideation: An experimental study.

@article{Ascone2017TheEO,
  title={The effect of unfavourable and favourable social comparisons on paranoid ideation: An experimental study.},
  author={Leonie Ascone and Edo Sebastian Jaya and Tania Marie Lincoln},
  journal={Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry},
  year={2017},
  volume={56},
  pages={97-105}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Low social rank is associated with paranoia, but there is a lack of evidence for causality. We tested the effects of social comparisons on negative affect and paranoia with an online social rank paradigm, and whether striving to avoid inferiority or fears of social rejection moderated paranoid reactions. METHOD Female students (N = 172) were randomly exposed to one of two validated online profiles depicting a same-aged, high (unfavourable comparison) vs. low rank… CONTINUE READING
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