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ERIC Number: EJ792619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Cognitive Distortions and Autonomy among Chinese University Students
Zhang, Li-fang
Learning and Individual Differences, v18 n2 p279-284 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine the roles of university students' cognitive distortions in their sense of autonomy. One hundred and three third-year university students from Shanghai, The People's Republic of China, responded to the Cognitive Distortion Scales [Briere, J. (2000). "Cognitive Distortion Scales: Professional manual". Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.] and to the Iowa Developing Autonomy Inventory [Jackson, L. M., Hood, A. B. (1985). The Iowa Developing Autonomy Inventory. In A. B. Hood (Ed., 1997), "The Iowa student development inventories" (2nd Ed), (pp. 32-43). Iowa City, IA: HITECH Press]. Results suggested that in general, cognitive distortions have a significantly negative impact on Chinese students' sense of autonomy. However, there was also an indication that cognitive distortions could play the roles of psychological defense mechanisms, which provided some support to Bowins' [Bowins, B. (2004). "Psychological defense mechanisms: A new perspective." "American Journal of Psychoanalysis", 64 (1), 1-26] recent argument that cognitive distortions may not always be dysfunctional. Implications of the present findings are discussed in relation to students, faculty members, and university counselors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Counselors; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China