Following a sexual trauma, women commonly report mental contamination (i.e. feelings of dirtiness or distress without physical contact). According to the S-REF model metacognitive beliefs would predict greater mental contamination after an evoking source. Participants completed a questionnaire battery and the “dirty-kiss” task, used to evoke mental contamination. Metacognitive beliefs regarding uncontrollability and danger predicted greater mental contamination severity. The present results provide preliminary support for the S-REF model as a potential framework for conceptualizing mental contamination.
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