The role of trait anxiety in the association between the reporting of negative life events and interrogative suggestibility

Drake, Kim (2014) The role of trait anxiety in the association between the reporting of negative life events and interrogative suggestibility. Personality and Individual Differences, 60. pp. 54-59. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the role of trait anxiety in the relationship between the reported experience of negative life events and interrogative suggestibility. 127 participants completed the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale (GSS), the Life Events Questionnaire and the Neuroticism domain on the NEO Personality-Inventory Revised. Multivariate regression modelling showed that: (a) the extent to which interviewees reported and rated their life events negatively exerted a direct, positive, effect on Yield 1, Yield 2 and Shift scores – especially Yield 2 and Shift scores; and (b) trait anxiety moderated the effect of this negative life events intensity rating on Yield 1 scores, such that the effect was strongest at high trait anxiety scores. Trait anxiety may therefore be a valid indicator of suggestibility in the absence of explicit pressure, whereas interpretative factors may be a critical predictor of suggestibility in the presence of or after pressure has been applied. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale; Interrogative suggestibility; Negative life events; Trait Anxiety; Multivariate regression; Moderation
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Marzena Dybkowska
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 09:26
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 11:24
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1281

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