Associations Between Thwarted Belongingness and the MMPI-2RF

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Terran Michelle Saine (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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David McCord

Abstract: Thwarted belongingness is a multidimensional construct that is composed of loneliness and the absence of reciprocally caring relationships and is a noted component of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (Van Orden et al., 2010). This construct is a dynamic, cognitive-affective state and the degree of belongingness is likely to vary over time (van Orden et al., 2010). However, there is a lack of literature on the discriminant validity of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire (INQ; Joiner et al., 2009), and it has, thus far, not been compared to other well-known and often used measures of psychopathology, such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2-RF; Ben-Porath & Tellegen, 2008/2011). In order to address this concern, 197 WCU undergraduate students completed a research protocol via Qualtrics that included the MMPI-2-RF and the INQ. Results indicate that Thwarted Belongingness is strongly correlated with demoralization (and its facet scales), low-positive emotionality, and dysfunctional negative emotions. Moderate correlations were also found between Thwarted Belongingness and several Interpersonal Scales on the MMPI-2-RF. This project was reviewed and approved by the Western Carolina University Institutional Review Board.

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Presentation submitted to the 2020 Research and Scholarship Conference, Western Carolina University.
Language: English
Date: 2020
thwarted belongingness, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire

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