Denial and the discrepancy between heart rate and reported negative affect: A study of convergent and discriminant validity

Randall S. Jorgensen, George E. Schreer, Lara Baskin, Monica M. Kolodziej

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study examined the convergent and divergent validity of heart-rate (HR)-based response discrepancy scores as measures of denial. After standardizing measures of stressorrelated anxiety, hostility, and HR. response discrepancy scores were calculated by subtracting each measure of negative affect from the HR value. Analyses revealed the response discrepancy scores to correlate positively with measures of denial, negatively with a measure of trait anger, and to not correlate with measures of the nondefensive need for approval and the positive trait of curiosity. These findings support the construct validity of response discrepancy scores as markers of denial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-207
Number of pages6
JournalPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Volume58
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

Keywords

  • Denial
  • Heart rate
  • Negative affect
  • Response discrepancy scores
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Denial and the discrepancy between heart rate and reported negative affect: A study of convergent and discriminant validity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this