The centrality of psychotic experiences and emotional dysfunction following psychosis

Dixon, James Eoin Luke (2013). The centrality of psychotic experiences and emotional dysfunction following psychosis. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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Objective: The first objective of the thesis was to carry out a literature review to critically review the literature on emotion regulation within psychosis populations. The second objective of the thesis was to empirically investigate the concept of centrality in psychosis.

Method: For the literature review a systematic search of five databases was carried out with the final selection of quantitative studies evaluated for methodological and theoretical quality. For the empirical part a cross-sectional methodology was employed which used a qualitative analysis of the data collected from fifty participants diagnosed with first-episode psychosis attending an early intervention service.

Results: Twenty-one papers met inclusion criteria, with the review identifying emotion regulation strategies that were adaptive and maladaptive to a psychosis population. Results for the empirical research found centrality to be associated with increased post-psychotic depression.

Discussion: Methodological and theoretical challenges within the field of emotion regulation were discussed following the literature review. The concept of centrality as applied to a psychosis populations. Clinical implications were drawn out from both parts of the thesis.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: Department of Clinical Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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