Making sense of the experience of visual hallucinations in psychosis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Denton, Charlotte Anne (2019). Making sense of the experience of visual hallucinations in psychosis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis is comprised of two volumes. Volume I consists of the research component whilst Volume II comprises the written clinical component based on work completed during training.

Volume I is comprised of a systematic meta-analysis, an empirical research paper and a press release. The meta-analysis reviews literature that investigated the impact of cognitive behavioural approaches on distress for those with a first or early episode psychosis. No main significant effect was found but, a significant effect was found within non-specialised services. The empirical research paper used interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore how visual hallucinations are experienced and made sense of within a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis. Five superordinate themes were identified: ‘It’s not only a visual experience’, ‘Agency’, ‘Role of others, ‘Coming to know the experience’ and ‘Creating a narrative’.

Volume II is comprised of five clinical practice reports (CPRs). CPR1 presents the formulation of a young person with low self-esteem from both a cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic perspective. CPR2 is a service evaluation exploring staff experiences of discharging families within the service framework of the Choice and Partnership Approach. CPR3 is a single case experimental design assessing the effectiveness of a behavioural intervention with a young boy with learning disabilities. CPR4 is a case study of an 81-year-old woman with anxiety who received cognitive-behavioural therapy. An abstract summarising CPR5, a clinical presentation of a young man with first episode psychosis who received psychodynamic therapy is presented.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine


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