Emerging Perspectives From the Hearing Voices Movement: Implications for Research and Practice

  title={Emerging Perspectives From the Hearing Voices Movement: Implications for Research and Practice},
  author={Dirk Corstens and Eleanor Longden and Simon McCarthy-Jones and Rachel Waddingham and Neil Thomas},
  journal={Schizophrenia Bulletin},
  pages={S285 - S294}
The international Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) is a prominent mental health service-user/survivor movement that promotes the needs and perspectives of experts by experience in the phenomenon of hearing voices (auditory verbal hallucinations). The main tenet of the HVM is the notion that hearing voices is a meaningful human experience, and in this article, we discuss the historical growth and influence of the HVM before considering the implications of its values for research and practice in… 
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