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Effects of rejection intensity and rejection sensitivity on social approach behavior in women
Schaan, Violetta; Schulz, André; Bernstein, Michael et al.
2020In PLoS ONE, 15 (1), p. 0227799
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Abstract :
[en] Objective: Perceived rejection plays an important role for mental health and social integration. This study investigated the impact of rejection intensity and rejection sensitivity on social approach behavior. Method: 121 female participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions differing in the degree of induced rejection (inclusion, medium rejection, severe rejection). Thereafter they were asked to interact with an unknown person during a touch-based cooperative task. Results: Participants high in rejection sensitivity sought significantly less physical contact than participants low in rejection sensitivity. Individuals in the medium rejection condition touched their partners more often than those in the included condition, while no difference between included and severely rejected participants could be observed. Conclusions: The results suggest that the intensity of rejection matters with regard to coping. While participants in the medium intensity rejection condition aimed to ‘repair’ their social self by seeking increased contact with others, severely rejected participants did not adapt their behavior compared to included participants. Implications for therapy are discussed.
Disciplines :
Neurosciences & behavior
Author, co-author :
Schaan, Violetta
Schulz, André  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Bernstein, Michael
Schächinger, Hartmut
Vögele, Claus ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Effects of rejection intensity and rejection sensitivity on social approach behavior in women
Publication date :
2020
Journal title :
PLoS ONE
ISSN :
1932-6203
Publisher :
Public Library of Science, San Franscisco, United States - California
Volume :
15
Issue :
1
Pages :
e0227799
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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