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

Authors: Greville-Harris, M., Hempel, R., Karl, A., Dieppe, P. and Lynch, T.R.

Journal: Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

Volume: 35

Issue: 6

Pages: 471-493

ISSN: 0736-7236

DOI: 10.1521/jscp.2016.35.6.471

Abstract:

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.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32892/

Source: Scopus

THE POWER OF INVALIDATING COMMUNICATION: RECEIVING INVALIDATING FEEDBACK PREDICTS THREAT-RELATED EMOTIONAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL, AND SOCIAL RESPONSES

Authors: Greville-Harris, M., Hempel, R., Karl, A., Dieppe, P. and Lynch, T.R.

Journal: JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Volume: 35

Issue: 6

Pages: 471-493

ISSN: 0736-7236

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32892/

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