Researchers in the Netherlands compared childhood trauma and auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in 127 non-psychotic individuals with frequent AVH, healthy controls, and 100 psychotic patients. They found that there was no difference in the prevalence of traumatic experiences in the two groups of voice-hearers. Neither did the type of childhood trauma predict the positive or negative emotional valence of the voices and associated distress. Results appear in Psychological Medicine.
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
When I worked in research, incoming subjects were often differentiated as “psychotic” or “traumatized” based on little more than the valence or other characteristics of the voices. The fact that this made research (at least in that setting, but the fact is of course almost pervasive) into the connections between trauma and voices all but impossible was one of the things that lead me to read “Mad in America,” and set me on the course that landed me here. So this is a particularly pleasing study for me to post.
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