Journal article

Trauma and the content of hallucinations and post-traumatic intrusions in first-episode psychosis

Natalie Peach, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Simon J Cropper, Pamela Sun, Emma Halpin, Jessica O'Connell, Sarah Bendall

Psychology and Psychotherapy Theory Research and Practice | WILEY | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence suggests experiences of childhood trauma may be causally related to the development of hallucinations. Cognitive theories of psychosis suggest post-traumatic intrusions to be a primary mechanism in this relationship. These theories predict that the content of hallucinations will be related to traumatic experiences; however, few studies have investigated this. This study examined the relationship between childhood trauma, the content of hallucinations, and the content of post-traumatic intrusions in a sample with first-episode psychosis. METHODS: Sixty-six young people aged 15-25 experiencing a first episode of psychosis were recruited from an early intervention..

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