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LEMOS HOYOS, Mariantonia et al. Cognitive profile of emotional dependence in University Students from Medellín, Colombia. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.2, pp.395-404. ISSN 1657-9267.

The objective of this study was to identify the cognitive profile of university students with emotional dependency. This is considered as a pattern oriented to another person as a source of satisfaction and personal safety, where the cognitive profile will make them to interpret the facts in a different way in order to cover their unsatisfied emotional needs. We use a random sample of 569 university students. The results showed a characteristic profile which explains 89.3% of the variability and a high predictive model capacity (sensitivity 91.4% and specificity 97.7%), formed by the schema of mistrust/abuse, the cores beliefs of paranoid and dependent personality disorders, fallacy of change as cognitive distortion and underdeveloped autonomy as a coping skill.

Keywords : Cognitive profile; emotional dependency; cognitive vulnerability; schemas; Colombian population; Dependence.

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