Journal article

Testing a Model of the Relationship Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Psychosis in a First-Episode Psychosis Group The Role of Hallucinations and Delusions, Posttraumatic Intrusions, and Selective Attention

Sarah Bendall, Carol Anne Hulbert, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Kelly Allott, Patrick D McGorry, Henry James Jackson

JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2013

Abstract

Several theories suggest that posttraumatic intrusive symptoms are central to the relationship between childhood trauma (CT) and hallucinations and delusions in psychosis. Biased selective attention has been implicated as a cognitive process underlying posttraumatic intrusions. The current study sought to test theories of the relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA), hallucinations and delusions, posttraumatic intrusions, and selective attention in first-episode psychosis (FEP). Twenty-eight people with FEP and 21 nonclinical controls were assessed for CT and psychotic and posttraumatic stress symptoms and completed an emotional Stroop test using CSA-related and other words. Those w..

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