The Reality of Persecutory Beliefs: Base Rate Information for Clinicians

  title={The Reality of Persecutory Beliefs: Base Rate Information for Clinicians},
  author={Seth Brown},
  journal={Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry},
  pages={163 - 178}
  • Seth Brown
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
When an individual describes persecution, how does one know whether this constitutes reality or a delusion? An erroneous clinical decision can lead to unnecessary treatment or lack of appropriate treatment. Knowledge of base rates of relevant events can inform the decision-making process and potentially increase the accuracy of clinical judgments. This article reviews base rates of events that could be perceived as delusions as well as the correlates associated with these events. Commonly… 

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