Title

Perceived Burdensomeness and Thwarted Belongingness Predict Excessive Reassurance Seeking Among Clinical Outpatients

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2015

School

Psychology

Abstract

Objective: The current study aimed to investigate whether perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness (i.e., suicide risk factors) were associated with excessive reassurance seeking (a behavior linked to rejection). It was predicted that perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness would predict higher levels of excessive reassurance seeking, controlling for depressive symptoms and global functioning.

Method: A cross‐sectional sample of 415 clinical outpatients (62% female; mean age = 28) was examined.

Results: Perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness significantly predicted excessive reassurance seeking, controlling for depressive symptoms and global functioning.

Conclusions: Perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness predicted excessive reassurance seeking, suggesting that it would be beneficial for clinicians to assess for and target excessive reassurance seeking among individuals experiencing perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness so that excessive reassurance seeking does not elicit interpersonal rejection.

Publication Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Volume

71

Issue

6

First Page

597

Last Page

605

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