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Therianthropy: wellbeing, schizotypy, and autism in individuals who self-identify as non-human

Clegg, H., Collings, R. M. and Roxburgh, E. C. (2018) Therianthropy: wellbeing, schizotypy, and autism in individuals who self-identify as non-human. Society & Animals. 1063-1119. (In Press)

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Abstract: Therianthropy is the belief that one is at least part non-human animal. This study aimed to address the dichotomization surrounding therianthropy in relation to mental health and wellbeing. One hundred and twelve therians and 265 non-therians completed Ryff's Scales of Psychological Wellbeing, the O-LIFE questionnaire, and the Autism Spectrum Quotient. The results showed that therians scored lower on variables that are associated with positive social relationships. Such findings may be explained by cognitive factors and/or social factors that are associated with the stigmatization of cross-species identities. However, being a therian moderated the relationship between both autism and introverted anhedonia in relation to autonomy. Thus, a therian identity may act as a protective factor for those experiencing higher levels of autism and schizotypy.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R726.7 Health psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC435 Psychiatry > RC512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders
Creators: Clegg, Helen, Collings, Rosalyn M and Roxburgh, Elizabeth C
Publisher: Brill
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Date: 1 May 2018
Date Type: Acceptance
Journal or Publication Title: Society & Animals
Language: English
ISSN: 1063-1119
Status: In Press
Refereed: Yes
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