Disgust and spider phobia

Sandra A.N. Mulkens, Peter J. de Jong, Harald Merckelbach

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Abstract

Twenty-four women with spider phobia and 45 nonphobic women completed the Disgust Questionnaire(DQ; P. Rozin, A. E. Fallen, & R. Mandell, 1984) and the Spider Phobia Questionnaire (SPQ; R. Klorman, T. C. Weerts, J. E. Hastings, B. G. Melamed, gr P. J. Lang, 1974). Participants also underwent behavioral tests concerning disgust sensitivity and fear of spiders. Spider phobic women showed stronger disgust sensitivity than nonphobic women, and spiders were found to have a disgust-evoking status that was related to participants' fear of spiders. The relationship between DQ and SPQ uas independent of neuroticism and introversion. DQ scores were not associated with a global measure of phobic complaints (i.e., Fear Questionnaire; I. M. Marks & A. Mathews, 1979). Results are consistent with a disease-avoidance mode! of spider phobia (G. Matchett & G. C. L. Davey, 1991), which emphasizes the role of disgust in spider phobia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-468
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume105
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CONDITIONING PROCESSES
  • FEAR QUESTIONNAIRES
  • PREPAREDNESS
  • RELIABILITY
  • VALIDITY
  • DISEASE

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