Group mindfulness-based intervention for distressing voices: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Chadwick, Paul, Strauss, Clara, Jones, Anna-Marie, Kingdon, David, Ellett, Lyn, Dannahy, Laura and Hayward, Mark (2016) Group mindfulness-based intervention for distressing voices: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Schizophrenia Research, 175 (1-3). pp. 168-173. ISSN 0920-9964

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Abstract

Group Person-Based Cognitive Therapy (PBCT) integrates cognitive therapy and mindfulness to target distinct sources of distress in psychosis. The present study presents data from the first randomised controlled trial inves- tigating group PBCT in people distressed by hearing voices. One-hundred and eight participants were randomised to receive either group PBCT and Treatment As Usual (TAU) or TAU only. While there was no significant effect on the primary outcome, a measure of general psychological distress, results showed significant between-group post-intervention benefits in voice-related distress, perceived controllability of voices and recovery. Participants in the PBCT group reported significantly lower post-treatment levels of depression, with this effect maintained at six-month follow-up. Findings suggest PBCT delivered over 12 weeks effectively impacts key dimensions of the voice hearing experience, supports meaningful behaviour change, and has lasting effects on mood.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Schizophrenia, Person-based cognitive therapy, Mindfulness, Group therapy, Distressing voices, Randomised controlled trial
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Mark Hayward
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2016 10:12
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62161

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