Depression, goals and motivations in people with persecutory delusions

Natasha Vorontsova, Lyn Ellett

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Goals motivated by avoidance, rather than approach, and by external, rather than internal, motivations, have been implicated in the persistence of depression. This paper reports the first empirical investigation of the goals and motivations of individuals experiencing persecutory delusions. Participants completed assessments of goals and motivations, depression and paranoia. Higher levels of depression were associated with more avoidant motivations and lower goal self-concordance, but not with numbers of approach motivations. More avoidant motivations were also associated with greater paranoia. The findings are consistent with proposals that avoidant and externally-motivated goal pursuit could contribute to symptom persistence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133–134
Number of pages2
JournalPsychiatry Research
Early online date22 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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