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The role of self-compassion on the relationship between trauma and hearing voices: A literature review and research report

Maisey, Sarah (2020) The role of self-compassion on the relationship between trauma and hearing voices: A literature review and research report. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Objective: Traumatic life events are associated with increased risk of hearing voices and post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms have been implicated in this relationship. Studies indicate that increased self-compassion is associated with reduced trauma symptoms and voice-distress. The present study sought to examine whether self-compassion moderated the relationship between PTS symptoms and voice-distress.

Method: Self-report and clinician-administered questionnaires were used to measure self-compassion, PTS symptom severity, voice-frequency, and distress in 62 trauma-affected voice-hearers who presented to a community voice-hearing clinic.

Results: Correlation analyses revealed that PTS symptom severity was positively correlated with voice-distress, but not frequency, and that self-compassion was negatively correlated with voice-distress and PTS symptom severity. While self-compassion did not moderate the relationship between PTS and voice-distress, it was associated with a significant reduction in voice-distress, at all levels of trauma.

Conclusion: Preliminary findings suggest self-compassion may play a role in reducing voice-distress for trauma-affected voice-hearers.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
United Nations SDGs: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
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Supervisor(s): Paulik-White, Georgie and Correia, Helen
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60863
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