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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, (4), pp. 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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 7 July 2009
Published date: 2009
Keywords: mindfulness, voices, believability, distress
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences, Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 69037
ISSN: 1352-4658
PURE UUID: 32f3fef3-47e5-496c-83d0-e2aca368adfa
ORCID for Katherine Newman Taylor: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:14

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Author: Sean Harper
Author: Paul Chadwick

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