Journal article

Psychotic symptoms with sexual content in the "ultra high risk" for psychosis population: Frequency and association with sexual trauma

Andrew Thompson, Barnaby Nelson, Catherine McNab, Magenta Simmons, Steven Leicester, Patrick D McGorry, Andreas Bechdolf, Alison R Yung

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

Individuals at "ultra high risk" (UHR) for psychosis have been found to experience high rates of sexual trauma. An aetiological role for sexual trauma has been proposed for psychotic disorders and may influence psychotic symptom content. We aimed to investigate the relationship between previous sexual trauma and reported psychotic-like experiences, in particular psychotic symptoms with a sexual content in a UHR sample. We investigated the prevalence of "attenuated" or "subthreshold" psychotic symptoms with a sexual content in a consecutive series of patients recruited to a specialist UHR clinic. Patient's experience of general and sexual trauma was rated separately using a trauma questionnai..

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