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Cognitive profile of emotional dependence in University Students from Medellín, Colombia [Perfil cognitivo de la dependencia emocional en estudiantes universitarios en Medellín, Colombia]

Author(s): Mariantonia Lemos Hoyos | Cristina Jaller Jaramillo | Ana Maria González Calle | Zoraya Tatiana Díaz León | Daniela De la Ossa

Journal: Universitas Psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 395;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Cognitive profile | emotional dependency | cognitive vulnerability | schemas | Colombian population.

The objective of this study was to identify the cognitive profile of university students with emotional dependency. This is considered as a pattern oriented to another person as a source of satisfaction and personal safety, where the cognitive profile will make them to interpret the facts in a different way in order to cover their unsatisfied emotional needs. We use a random sample of 569 university students. The results showed a characteristic profile which explains 89.3% of the variability and a high predictive model capacity (sensitivity 91.4% and specificity 97.7%), formed by the schema of mistrust/abuse, the cores beliefs of paranoid and dependent personality disorders, fallacy of change as cognitive distortion and underdeveloped autonomy as a coping skill.
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