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The state dependency of cognitive schemas in antisocial patients.
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PMID:  22425466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Patients with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) typically report little psychopathology. Recent findings also showed this group to report high levels of healthy cognitions. Such a non-deviant cognitive profile might merely characterize ASPD under neutral assessment conditions. Indeed, hardly anything is known about how emotional states alter ASPD-patients' cognitions. The current study therefore assessed the impact of autobiographical anger-recollection on state cognitions. In a sample of N=147 participants, ASPD-patients' (n=21) self-reported schema modes were assessed before and after an anger-interview, and compared to those of borderline (n=45) and cluster-C patients (n=46) and non-patients controls (n=35). Results showed that ASPD-patients' high baseline levels of healthy cognitions dropped drastically following the anger recollection. This finding suggests that reviving past anger-eliciting events brakes down the healthy veneer of ASPD-patients and that their healthy cognitions are unstable. These findings underscore the importance of pathology assessment under emotional conditions in ASPD-samples.
Jill Lobbestael; Arnoud Arntz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0165-1781     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7911385     Medline TA:  Psychiatry Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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