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Girl in the cellar: a repeated cross-sectional investigation of belief in conspiracy theories about the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch.
Front Psychol 2013; 4:297FP

Abstract

The present study utilized a repeated cross-sectional survey design to examine belief in conspiracy theories about the abduction of Natascha Kampusch. At two time points (October 2009 and October 2011), participants drawn from independent cross-sections of the Austrian population (Time Point 1, N = 281; Time Point 2, N = 277) completed a novel measure of belief in conspiracy theories concerning the abduction of Kampusch, as well as measures of general conspiracist ideation, self-esteem, paranormal and superstitious beliefs, cognitive ability, and media exposure to the Kampusch case. Results indicated that although belief in the Kampusch conspiracy theory declined between testing periods, the effect size of the difference was small. In addition, belief in the Kampusch conspiracy theory was significantly predicted by general conspiracist ideation at both time points. The need to conduct further longitudinal tests of conspiracist ideation is emphasized in conclusion.

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Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, School of Psychology, University of Vienna Vienna, Austria.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23745118

Citation

Stieger, Stefan, et al. "Girl in the Cellar: a Repeated Cross-sectional Investigation of Belief in Conspiracy Theories About the Kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch." Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 4, 2013, p. 297.
Stieger S, Gumhalter N, Tran US, et al. Girl in the cellar: a repeated cross-sectional investigation of belief in conspiracy theories about the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch. Front Psychol. 2013;4:297.
Stieger, S., Gumhalter, N., Tran, U. S., Voracek, M., & Swami, V. (2013). Girl in the cellar: a repeated cross-sectional investigation of belief in conspiracy theories about the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, p. 297. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00297.
Stieger S, et al. Girl in the Cellar: a Repeated Cross-sectional Investigation of Belief in Conspiracy Theories About the Kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch. Front Psychol. 2013;4:297. PubMed PMID: 23745118.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Girl in the cellar: a repeated cross-sectional investigation of belief in conspiracy theories about the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch. AU - Stieger,Stefan, AU - Gumhalter,Nora, AU - Tran,Ulrich S, AU - Voracek,Martin, AU - Swami,Viren, Y1 - 2013/05/24/ PY - 2013/03/14/received PY - 2013/05/08/accepted PY - 2013/6/8/entrez PY - 2013/6/8/pubmed PY - 2013/6/8/medline KW - Natascha Kampusch KW - conspiracy theories KW - individual differences KW - media exposure KW - repeated cross-sectional survey SP - 297 EP - 297 JF - Frontiers in psychology JO - Front Psychol VL - 4 N2 - The present study utilized a repeated cross-sectional survey design to examine belief in conspiracy theories about the abduction of Natascha Kampusch. At two time points (October 2009 and October 2011), participants drawn from independent cross-sections of the Austrian population (Time Point 1, N = 281; Time Point 2, N = 277) completed a novel measure of belief in conspiracy theories concerning the abduction of Kampusch, as well as measures of general conspiracist ideation, self-esteem, paranormal and superstitious beliefs, cognitive ability, and media exposure to the Kampusch case. Results indicated that although belief in the Kampusch conspiracy theory declined between testing periods, the effect size of the difference was small. In addition, belief in the Kampusch conspiracy theory was significantly predicted by general conspiracist ideation at both time points. The need to conduct further longitudinal tests of conspiracist ideation is emphasized in conclusion. SN - 1664-1078 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23745118/Girl_in_the_cellar:_a_repeated_cross_sectional_investigation_of_belief_in_conspiracy_theories_about_the_kidnapping_of_Natascha_Kampusch_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00297 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -