A prospective examination of the stability of hostile-dominance and its relationship to paranoia over a one-year follow-up

Tegan Ann Podubinski, Michael David Daffern, Stuart James Lee

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A hostile-dominant interpersonal style and paranoia increase the risk of aggression in psychiatric in-patients. Paranoia is also associated with hostile-dominance; however, the nature of this relationship is unclear. This study evaluated the relationship between hostile-dominance and paranoia over a one-year period. One hundred and twenty-two patients admitted to hospital for psychiatric treatment were recruited, 43 were available for follow-up. Forty-two participants provided usable data, including 20 men and 22 women, with an age range of 18-63 (M=41.02. years, SD=13.00. years). At recruitment and follow-up, the psychiatric symptomatology and interpersonal style of each patient was assessed using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale-18 and the Impact Message Inventory-Circumplex. Results showed that hostile-dominance was relatively stable over time even though symptoms of paranoia subsided. Higher levels of hostile-dominance were associated with higher levels of paranoia at both recruitment and follow-up. The implications of this research for understanding the relationship between interpersonal style, paranoia and aggression during psychiatric hospitalisation are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586 - 590
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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