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OBJECTIVE To assess the reliability and validity of the Southampton mindfulness questionnaire (SMQ), a 16-item measure of mindful awareness of distressing thoughts and images. METHODS A total of 256 people participated, comprising a non-clinical community sample of 134 (83 meditators and 51 non-meditators) and a clinical sample of 122 people with a(More)
BACKGROUND In paper I we reported that depression in the acute stage remitted in line with the psychosis and that 36% of patients developed post-psychotic depression (PPD). AIMS We apply our cognitive framework to PPD and chart the appraisal of self and psychosis and their link with the later emergence of PPD. METHOD Patients with ICD-10 schizophrenia(More)
The study's objective was to assess the impact on clinical functioning of group based mindfulness training alongside standard psychiatric care for people with current, subjectively distressing psychosis. Data are presented from the first 10 people to complete one of four Mindfulness Groups, each lasting six sessions. People were taught mindfulness of the(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical literature cautions against use of meditation by people with psychosis. There is, however, evidence for acceptance-based therapy reducing relapse, and some evidence for clinical benefits of mindfulness groups for people with distressing psychosis, though no data on whether participants became more mindful. AIMS To assess(More)
We offer provisional support for a new cognitive approach to understanding and treating drug-resistant auditory hallucinations in people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Study 1 emphasises the relevance of the cognitive model by detailing the behavioural, cognitive and affective responses to persistent voices in 26 patients, demonstrating that highly(More)
This study investigates the psychological process involved when people with current distressing psychosis learned to respond mindfully to unpleasant psychotic sensations (voices, thoughts, and images). Sixteen participants were interviewed on completion of a mindfulness group program. Grounded theory methodology was used to generate a theory of the core(More)
BACKGROUND A preliminary report by the authors suggested that the range of affect generated by voices (anger, fear, elation) was linked not to the form, content or topography of voice activity, but to the beliefs patients held about them, in particular their supposed power and authority. We argued that this conformed to a cognitive model; that is, voice(More)
BACKGROUND We describe the development and psychometric investigation of the Beliefs About Voices Questionnaire (BAVQ), a self-report measure of how people understand and respond to their voices. The measure is unique in being driven by and gathering data essential to a cognitive formulation of voices. METHOD Sixty subjects with chronic hallucinatory(More)
BACKGROUND Depression in schizophrenia is a rather neglected field of study, perhaps because of its confused nosological status. Three course patterns of depression in schizophrenia, including post-psychotic depression (PPD), are proposed. AIMS We chart the ontogeny of depression and psychotic symptoms from the acute psychotic episode over a 12-month(More)
This study uses Stroop methodology to investigate cognitive biases in the processing of five different forms of threat in bulimic and comparison women. The processing of different forms of threat was found to be relatively independent, which suggests that the measures do not tap a unitary threat construct. As predicted, the bulimic women showed a greater(More)