Hearing Voices and Listening to What They Say
Beavan, Vanessa and Read, J. 2010. Hearing Voices and Listening to What They Say. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 198 (3), pp. 201-205.
|Authors||Beavan, Vanessa and Read, J.|
The content of auditory hallucinations is sometimes dismissed as having little diagnostic/therapeutic importance. There is growing evidence that voice content may be crucial to understanding and working therapeutically with this experience. The aim of the present study is to explore, in a general population sample, the content and impact of voice-hearers' auditory hallucinations. A self-selected sample of 154 participants completed questionnaires about voice-hearing. A subsample of 50 participants completed semi-structured interviews. Participants experienced a range of voice content of high personal relevance, with most experiencing both positive and negative content. Voice content was the only significant predictor of emotional distress and the strongest predictor of contact with mental health services. These findings suggest that content is an important characteristic of auditory hallucinations and should be explored with voice-hearers who find themselves in clinical settings.
|Journal||The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease|
|Journal citation||198 (3), pp. 201-205|
|Publisher||Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181d14612|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181d14612|
|01 Mar 2010|
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|Deposited||28 Feb 2018|
|Copyright information||© 2010 Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins|
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