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Feb 27, 2019

27th European Congress of Psychiatry

14 - HUMILIATION IN ADOLESCENCE: IS THERE A RELATIONSHIP WITH EARLY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES, AGGRESSIVENESS, REVENGE AND PARANOIA?

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Introduction: Humiliation is a multi-faceted construct encompassing experiences of disconnection leading to several psychological or behavioural difficulties, particularly in adolescence. A better understanding of its relationship with similar constructs may be relevant for early detection and development of intervention strategies aimed at buffering its negative impact Objectives: Study the relationship between humiliation and early negative experiences, revenge, paranoia and aggressiveness in adolescents. Methods: The sample included 268 adolescents (134 males and 134 females), aged between 12 and 18 years old, attending 5th through 12th grades. Participants completed the following self-report questionnaires: Humiliation Inventory, Early Life Experience Scale, General Paranoia Scale, Aggression Questionnaire and Vengeance Scale. Results: Results showed gender differences, with girls showing more humiliation experiences, subordination, verbal aggressiveness, anger, hostility and paranoid beliefs. Boys revealed more physical aggressive behaviors. A correlation pattern was found in the expected direction among the study variables. Humiliation showed a moderate and positive relationship with early life experiences and paranoia. It showed a low negative correlation with aggressiveness and was not associated with vengeance. The Predictor model of humiliation was significant and revealed the unique and independent contribution of aggressiveness-hostility, experiences of subordination in childhood, paranoid ideation, and physical aggressiveness. Conclusions: Results allowed the identification of associations between humiliation and constructs such as early negative experiences in childhood, aggressiveness, paranoia and revenge. Considering its negative impact on current and subsequent development of adolescents, a better understanding and mapping of humiliation in the adolescent population is useful not only for early detection, but also for designing preventive and intervention strategies.

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