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Affective reactions to auditory hallucinations in psychotic, evangelical and control groups

Davies, Martin F.; Griffin, Murray and Vice, Sue. 2001. Affective reactions to auditory hallucinations in psychotic, evangelical and control groups. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 40, pp. 361-370. ISSN 0144-6657 [Article]

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Objectives: Building on recent work on the similarities and differenes in delusional ideation between psychotic and religious populations (Peters, Day, McKenna, and Orbach, 1999), the experiences of auditory hallucinations in psychotic, evangelical and control groups were examined in this study. -- Method: The incidence and subjective experiences of hearing voices were assessed using questionnaire methods in psychotic out-patients, evangelical Christians and controls (non-psychotic, non-evangelical). -- Results: Incidence of auditory hallucinations differend significantly across the three groups with psychotics showing the highest levels and controls the lowest levels. The experiences of the evangelical group were significantly more positive than those of the control group, which in turn were significantly more positive than those of the psychotic group. The most recent experience of hearing voices was rated more positively than the first experience by the psychotic and religious groups but not by the control group. These findings were much stronger for affective reactions to the experiences than for perceptions of the voices. -- Conclusion: These results provide only partial support for the findings of Peters et al. (1999) on differences in delusional ideation and possible reasons for this are discussed. The findings for religious and psychotic individuals are discussed further in terms of interpretational and coping mechanisms.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

delusional ideation; hearing voices; auditory hallucinations; affective reactions

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2001Published

Item ID:

63

Date Deposited:

11 Aug 2008 13:19

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 15:28

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/63

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