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The power of invalidating communication: receiving invalidating feedback predicts threat-related emotional, physiological, and social responses

The power of invalidating communication: receiving invalidating feedback predicts threat-related emotional, physiological, and social responses
The power of invalidating communication: receiving invalidating feedback predicts threat-related emotional, physiological, and social responses
Previous studies have found that communicating acceptance and understanding (validation) enhances the recipient's psychological and physiological wellbeing compared with receiving nonunderstanding feedback (invalidation). Yet, such studies have not established whether it is validation or absence of invalidation that is beneficial. This study examined the social, physiological, and emotional effects of validating and invalidating feedback in more detail, by employing a control group. Ninety healthy volunteers were randomly allocated to receive validating, invalidating, or no feedback during a series of stressor tasks. Self-report ratings, psychophysiological measurements and social engagement behaviors were recorded. While there were no significant differences between validated and control participants, invalidated participants showed increased physiological and psychological arousal on several measures and reduced social engagement behaviors compared with the other two groups. The relevance of these findings for understanding adverse effects of invalidation during clinical interactions is discussed.
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471-493
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Hempel, Roelie
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Dieppe, Paul
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Hempel, Roelie
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Karl, Anke
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Dieppe, Paul
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Lynch, Thomas R.
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Greville-Harris, Maddy, Hempel, Roelie, Karl, Anke, Dieppe, Paul and Lynch, Thomas R. (2016) The power of invalidating communication: receiving invalidating feedback predicts threat-related emotional, physiological, and social responses. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35 (6), 471-493. (doi:10.1521/jscp.2016.35.6.471).

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Previous studies have found that communicating acceptance and understanding (validation) enhances the recipient's psychological and physiological wellbeing compared with receiving nonunderstanding feedback (invalidation). Yet, such studies have not established whether it is validation or absence of invalidation that is beneficial. This study examined the social, physiological, and emotional effects of validating and invalidating feedback in more detail, by employing a control group. Ninety healthy volunteers were randomly allocated to receive validating, invalidating, or no feedback during a series of stressor tasks. Self-report ratings, psychophysiological measurements and social engagement behaviors were recorded. While there were no significant differences between validated and control participants, invalidated participants showed increased physiological and psychological arousal on several measures and reduced social engagement behaviors compared with the other two groups. The relevance of these findings for understanding adverse effects of invalidation during clinical interactions is discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 December 2015
Published date: June 2016
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 396514
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/396514
ISSN: 0736-7236
PURE UUID: ee4cd08e-bd34-4baf-b4ae-d74895d579f3
ORCID for Maddy Greville-Harris: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8191-9614
ORCID for Thomas R. Lynch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1270-6097

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Date deposited: 10 Jun 2016 10:16
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 02:12

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Author: Maddy Greville-Harris ORCID iD
Author: Roelie Hempel
Author: Anke Karl
Author: Paul Dieppe
Author: Thomas R. Lynch ORCID iD

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