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Title: Justifying voices : the discursive basis of attributions in auditory hallucinations.
Author: Ackland, Jill Anne.
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 1995
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This study describes, within a Discourse Analytic Framework, how a small group of individuals who hear voices, explain and account for their experiences. An analysis of the explanations they gave during individual interviews with a psychologist, illustrate the varied and functional nature of their accounts, within the context of the interviews themselves and the wider social context. The study identified a number of discourses from which the participants commonly drew their accounts, and illustrated how various themes from these were combined, in an attempt to justify their experience of hearing voices. The participants' constructions of the voices as "real" were complex; their accounts do not support the "cognitive" model which emphasizes the role of "abnormal beliefs" and "expectations", regarding the "internal" and "external" nature of experience. Individuals' attributions were understood within the context of their identity as users of psychiatric services and the predominance of the "mental illness"/"madness" discourses.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: DClinPsych thesis Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Psychology Psychology Medicine