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

Originally published as: 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. Original article 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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