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Beliefs and attitudes of psychology students towards hypnosis


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Zuccon, Emil. (2018). Beliefs and attitudes of psychology students towards hypnosis. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Tonković, Mirjana].

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The aim of this study was to examine beliefs and attitudes of psychology students at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Zagreb about hypnosis, as well as possible influences on those beliefs and to examine the beliefs about clinical applications of hypnosis for various health problems. The study involved 163 participants and the data were collected through an online questionnaire. Participants completed the Beliefs and attitudes about hypnosis scale (a modified version of the VSABTH-C scale), Alternative health practices questionnaire, Big Five Inventory personality questionnaire, Interest and experiences with hypnosis questionnaire and a short demographics questionnaire. The results show that students at a higher year of study lose their interest in hypnosis and hypnotherapy education, whilst evaluating their knowlege of hypnosis higher. With higher years of study, the fear towards hypnosis and the belief that hypnosis is useful for helping people are also reduced. As for the use of hypnosis for clinical purposes, the results show that the belief in the number of disorders that can be treated with hypnosis does not change over the years of studying. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed 31.1% of the variance for the factor help and 17.5% for the factor fear – showing that the belief that hypnosis is a useful tool for helping others is mostly correlated with interests in hypnosis and education in hypnotherapy, and in a minor way with the personality trait openness to experience. As for feelings of fear towards hypnosis, this factor is largely correlated with the year of study and the personality trait neuroticism.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: hypnosis, beliefs, personality, students, psychology, VSABTH-C
Subjects: Psychology > Kognitivna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Tonković, Mirjana
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:31

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