The interest in the Schema Therapy (ST) has grown in recent years in relation to the results of proven effectiveness shown by this kind of treatment on borderline personality disorder. These results have directed the attention of researchers on one of the central constructs of schema therapy, the early maladaptive schemas (EMS) and the possible relationship of EMS with psychopathological symptoms. Schema therapy, suggests a relationship between rigidity and pervasiveness of schemas and the risk of developing a psychopathological suffering (Young, 1990; Young et al., 2003). The present work investigates the relationship between Early Maladaptive Schemas and psychopathological symptoms in a sample consisting of 394 subjects from a non-clinical population. The results, in line with the reference literature, confirm a relationship between Early Maladaptive Schemas, investigated with the Young Schema Questionnaire-Short form 3 (YSQ-S3), and the variables measured by the Symptom Check List (SCL-90) in the expected direction, confirming a correlation between early maladaptive schemas and psychopathological symptoms.
Keywords: Early maladaptive schema, Young Schema Questionnaire, Schema Therapy.
Marco Baldetti, Maria Sansone, Sara Mori, Carmelo Giovanni La Mela, Early maladaptive schemas and psychopathological symptoms: an exploratory study in a non-clinical population in "QUADERNI DI PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA" 36/2015, pp. 133-143, DOI:10.3280/QPC2015-036010