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ERIC Number: EJ834950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-2134
Childhood Abuse and the Content of Delusions
Mason, Oliver J.; Brett, Emma; Collinge, Miriam; Curr, Helen; Rhodes, John
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, v33 n4 p205-208 Apr 2009
Objectives: We aimed to investigate possible associations between histories of childhood abuse and the content of delusions for individuals with psychotic disorders. Methods: 39 participants with a psychotic disorder including one or more delusional beliefs successfully completed structured interviews about childhood trauma, delusional beliefs and associated anomalous perceptual experiences including hallucinations. Results: The presence of hallucinations was predicted by greater physical abuse. Greater abuse in general was associated with delusions involving "special abilities" (grandiosity) and, at trend levels, with those involving "defective self". Conclusions: Though preliminary, these results suggest that further investigation into the relationship between abuse and delusional content is warranted. Practice Implications: The presence and nature of abuse may be relevant to delusional presentations and should form an essential part of clinical assessment of psychotic disorder. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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