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A cross-sectional examination of candidate psychological factors associated with Post-Psychotic PTSD & Research Portfolio

White, Ross (2007) A cross-sectional examination of candidate psychological factors associated with Post-Psychotic PTSD & Research Portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Introduction: Experiencing schizophrenia can be sufficiently distressing to precipitate Post-psychotic PTSD (PP-PTSD). Understanding about PP-PTSD has developed without reference to contemporary trauma theory. A conceptual framework informed by Ehlers & Clark (2000) is used to determine if PP-PTSD was associated with a sense of serious current threat and negative appraisals of psychosis. Methods: This study recruited 27 individuals with schizophrenia. Associations that PP-PTSD caseness had with fear of recurrence, intolerance of uncertainty, beliefs about paranoia and interpretations about hallucinatory voices were investigated. Links with psychiatric symptoms were also assessed. Results: The prevalence rate of PP-PTSD was 37%. PP-PTSD caseness was associated with being fearful about psychosis recurring, being intolerant of uncertainty, and making negative appraisals about paranoia. Fear of recurrence was the only significant predictor of PP-PTSD caseness. Conclusions: PP-PTSD appears to be largely consistent with a conceptual framework for persistent PTSD. Fear of recurrence was identified as a candidate psychological factor for PP-PTSD.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Psychosis, Trauma, PTSD, Distress.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Gumley, Dr. Andrew I.
Date of Award: 2007
Depositing User: Dr Ross White
Unique ID: glathesis:2007-23
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:14
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/23

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