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. 1992 Aug;101(3):469-78.
doi: 10.1037//0021-843x.101.3.469.

Proneness to Shame, Proneness to Guilt, and Psychopathology


Proneness to Shame, Proneness to Guilt, and Psychopathology

J P Tangney et al. J Abnorm Psychol. .

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  • J Abnorm Psychol 1992 Nov;101(4):738


The links between shame and guilt and psychopathology were examined. In 2 studies, 245 and 234 undergraduates completed the Self-Conscious Affect and Attribution Inventory, the Symptom Checklist 90, the Beck Depression Inventory, the State-Trait Anxiety Scale, and the Attributional Style Questionnaire. Results failed to support Lewis's (1971) notion that shame and guilt are differentially related to unique symptom clusters. Shame-proneness was strongly related to psychological maladjustment in general. Guilt-proneness was only moderately related to psychopathology; correlations were ascribable entirely to the shared variance between shame and guilt. Although clearly related to a depressogenic attributional style, shame accounted for substantial variance in depression, above and beyond attributional style.

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