In search of predictors of hypnotic sequelae

Am J Clin Hypn. 1996 Oct;39(2):93-6. doi: 10.1080/00029157.1996.10403371.


The present one-group correlational study was an attempt to examine questionnaire data that included medical and psychosocial histories and an inventory of fears, social problems, and previous stressful situations in an effort to determine if any predictors of negative sequelae to hypnosis would emerge. After completing questionnaires, undergraduates (n = 432) were administered a group hypnotic susceptibility scale, then were given sequelae questionnaires to complete within two hours, and another two days later. Significant correlations were obtained between occurrence of aftereffects and susceptibility score, number of somatic complaints, and number of previous stressful situations. Results are discussed in the context of the overall ability of these data to predict hypnotic sequelae.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arousal
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory* / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors