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Psychol Rep. 2013 Apr;112(2):519-28.

Predictive role of authenticity on psychological vulnerability in Turkish university students.

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  • 1Psychological Counseling Department, Anadolu University, Eskisechir, Turkey. sasatici@anadolu.edu.tr


Authenticity is associated with adaptive psychological characteristics and may be predictive of psychological vulnerability. The study was conducted with Turkish university students (N = 303; 158 women, 145 men; M age = 20.1 yr.). Participants completed the Turkish version of Authenticity Scale and the Psychological Vulnerability Scale. Psychological vulnerability was correlated positively with two subfactors of authenticity, accepting external influence and self-alienation, and negatively with the authentic living factor of authenticity. Self-alienation, accepting external influence, and authentic living were related to psychological vulnerability, accounting for 33% of the variance collectively. Authenticity is an important predictor of psychological vulnerability.

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