Journal article

Peering behind the mask: The roles of reactance and gender in the relationship between self-esteem and interpersonal problems

Zac E Seidler, Jodie Rosenberg, Simon M Rice, David Kealy, John L Oliffe, John S Ogrodniczuk

Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: When a client feels a threat to their freedom or autonomy as a result of external feedback, they can act out and respond in maladaptive ways. This state - referred to as reactance - has potential ramifications on interpersonal functioning. However, the underlying factors exacerbating this response including self-esteem and gender are yet to be extensively explored in a clinical sample. The present study examined whether verbal and/or behavioural reactance mediate the relationship between self-esteem and interpersonal problems, and if this mediational relationship differs between men and women. METHOD: Patients with personality dysfunction (N=136) completed pre-treatment assessment..

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