Impact of mindfulness on cognition and affect in voice hearing: evidence from two case studies

Newman Taylor, Katherine, Harper, Sean and Chadwick, Paul (2009) Impact of mindfulness on cognition and affect in voice hearing: evidence from two case studies. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 37, (04), 397-402. (doi:10.1017/S135246580999018X). (PMID:19580696).


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Background. There is a small body of research indicating that mindfulness training can be beneficial for people with distressing psychosis. What is not yet clear is whether mindfulness effects change in affect and cognition associated with voices specifically. This study examined the hypothesis that mindfulness training alone would lead to change in distress and cognition (believability) in people with distressing voices.

Method. Two case studies are presented. Participants experienced long-standing distressing voices. Believability and distress were measured twice weekly through baseline and mindfulness intervention. Mindfulness in relation to voices was measured at the start of baseline and end of intervention.

Results. Following a relatively stable baseline phase, after 2-3 weeks of mindfulness practice, believability and distress fell for both participants. Both participants’ mindfulness scores were higher post treatment.

Conclusion. Findings show that mindfulness training has an impact on cognition and affect specifically associated with voices, and thereby beneficially alters relationship with voices.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S135246580999018X
ISSNs: 1352-4658 (print)
1469-1833 (electronic)
Keywords: mindfulness, voices, believability, distress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
Faculty of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 69037
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
7 July 2009Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54

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