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Title: Emotional autonomy and personal uniqueness as protective factors against early onset psychosis in looked after young people
Author: Churchman, Clare
ISNI:       0000 0001 3551 451X
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis was sub~itted in partial fulfilment of the requirement of the degree for Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Binningham. The thesis consists ofa literature review and empirical paper focusing on psychosis in children and adolescents. The literature review investigates the evidence for subgroups of psychosis and schizophrenia, with a particular emphasis on the subgroup of early-onset psychosis (children and adolescents). It is argued that the early-onset subgroup may be overrepresented in samples of people who have been unwell for a while and that a subgroup based approach may have important consequences for future research in psychosis and schizophrenia, such as using subgroup rather than whole group statistical analysis. The empirical paper examines the development of emotional autonomy and personal uniqueness in looked after young people, and compares the presentation of these characteristics to non looked after young people with and without psychosis. It was found that looked after young people demonstrated emotional autonomy from parents but not foster parents and this is discussed as being conducive in emotional autonomy development and as possibly supporting the development of peer relationships in looked after young people.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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