International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 13 Num. 1 - March 2013


Early maladaptive schemas and interpersonal problems: A circumplex analysis of the YSQ-SF

Volume 13 Num. 1 - March 2013 - Pages 113-124


Jens C. Thimm


According to Schema Therapy, early maladaptive schemas (EMSs) are closely tied to interpersonal problems. The current study investigated these relationships using a circumplex analysis approach. A sample of psychiatric outpatients (N= 106) completed the Young Schema Questionnaire -Short Form (YSQ-SF) and the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems -Circumplex (IIP-C). Results showed strong relationships between EMSs and interpersonal problems. Findings from circumplex analyses suggest that EMSs are associated with a broad range of maladaptive interpersonal behaviors. However, none of the YSQ-SF scales were located in the domineering, intrusive, and overly nurturing octants of the circumplex.

Key words:

Early maladaptive schemas, interpersonal problems, YSQ-SF, IIP-C, circumplex analysis.

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