Title

Differences between men and women regarding early maladaptive schemas in an Australian adult alcohol dependent clinical sample

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Substance use & misuse

ISSN

1532-2491

Volume

54

Issue

2

First Page

177

Last Page

184

PubMed ID

30422042

Publisher

Taylor and Francis Ltd

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

27688

Comments

Janson, D. L., Harms, C. A., Hollett, R. C., & Segal, R. D. (2018). Differences between men and women regarding early maladaptive schemas in an Australian adult alcohol dependent clinical sample. Substance use & misuse, 54(2) 177-184. Available here

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Recent research indicates that there are widespread differences between men and women's Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMSs) in alcohol dependent populations. This study examined this claim.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine differences between men and women's EMSs in an Australian clinical sample who had sought treatment specifically for alcohol dependence.

METHODS: A total of 111 men and 114 women completed the Young Schema Questionnaire-Long Form (YSQ-L3) between 2012 and 2015 in order to assess them on 18 EMSs.

RESULTS: Despite previous findings suggesting that women report higher levels across a number of EMSs, the strongest evidence pointed to women scoring significantly higher than men on the EMS of self-sacrifice (the tendency to excessively help others whilst continually sacrificing one's own needs). Smaller differences between men and women were noted for the subjugation and failure EMSs.

Conclusions/Importance: With the exception regarding the finding that woman scored higher on the self-sacrifice EMS than men, the homogeneity of the remaining EMS scores across men and women found in this study support the use of inter-gender group Schema Therapy (ST) with alcohol-dependent adults in Australia.

DOI

10.1080/10826084.2018.1480038

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