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    A first test of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a measure of self-esteem: Irish prisoner groups and university students.


    Vahey, Nigel A. and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne (2009) A first test of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a measure of self-esteem: Irish prisoner groups and university students. The Psychological record, 59. pp. 371-388. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Abstract

    The study examined the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure’s (IRAP) validity as a computerized response-latency-based measure of implicit self- esteem. University undergraduates and 2 sets of convicted prisoners partici - pated. One set of prisoners resided in the main block, and the other in a privi - leged lower security “open area” of a medium-security Irish prison. The IRAP required participants to maintain relational responses that were self-positive on half of the IRAP trials (“Consistent”), and self-negative on the other half (“Inconsistent”). As predicted, the students and the prisoners in the open area showed stronger IRAP effects (shorter latencies during consistent vs. inconsis - tent trials) than the main block prisoners. Additionally, the IRAP’s convergent validity was supported by its moderate positive correlation with an explicit self-esteem measure. The findings provide preliminary support for the ana - lytic utility of the IRAP and suggest future avenues of investigation afforded by the IRAP’s design.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure; IRAP; self-esteem; Irish prisoner groups; university students;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 4951
    Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 13:40
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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