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Title: An exploration of shame in PTSD treatment and psychosis
Author: Barratt, Joanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 9547
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is an exploration of shame in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis. It begins with a systematic review considering the effectiveness of psychological treatment for PTSD in reducing shame. The literature search revealed 16 articles which were included in the review. The reviewed literature suggested existing PTSD treatments effectively reduce feelings of shame and PTSD symptoms. No particular treatment or intervention component was indicated to be more effective for reducing shame in PTSD. The second chapter reports on a quantitative study that explored the relationship between shame, childhood trauma, delusional beliefs, auditory hallucinations and fears of compassion. Self-report questionnaires were completed by 30 people with psychosis. The results showed people who reported childhood trauma also reported higher levels external shame. People who reported more feelings of external shame also reported higher levels of internal shame. There was a relationship between internal shame and delusional beliefs. Fears of compassion were found to correlate with shame and delusional beliefs. Shame was not shown to mediate between childhood trauma and delusional beliefs or auditory hallucinations. The findings are considered in relation to previous research, theoretical models and therapeutic models. Clinical implications and future research are also discussed. The final paper is a reflective account of the researcher’s experiences of conducting sensitive research with a vulnerable client group. Specific consideration is afforded to the impact of the research on clinicians, participants, as well as the researcher. The journey from the idea development through to its completion is deliberated.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology