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Department of Psychology


Publication details for Professor Charles Fernyhough

Meins, E., Jones, S. R., Fernyhough, C., Hurndall, S. & Koronis, P. (2008). Attachment dimensions and schizotypy in a non-clinical sample. Personality and Individual Differences 44(4): 1000-1011.

Author(s) from Durham


Attachment has been proposed to relate to adult psychopathology, although strong evidence for this relation has not been documented. This study investigated peer attachment and parental bonding in relation to schizotypy in healthy adults (N = 154). Paranoia was the only positive schizotypal sign found to relate to peer attachment, being predicted by attachment anxiety, but not avoidance. Negative schizotypal signs were predicted by levels of both attachment anxiety and avoidance. In addition, paranoia and negative schizotypal traits were predicted by perceived parental care. Implications for theories of schizotypy and future research are discussed.