Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study of people who hear voices
by Senger, Scott M., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 78; 1526953
Abstract (Summary)

Auditory hallucinations or hearing voices is one symptom that individuals with schizophrenia may experience. Although the majority of people with schizophrenia may hear voices, the vast majority of voice hearers do not have schizophrenia.

This study interviewed 15 voice hearers residing in and around Long Beach, California. Each voice hearer participated in an in-depth interview to explore how they perceive their voices and to gather voice hearers' recommendations for mental health professionals.

The present study found that many voice hearers expressed a desire for mental health professionals and social workers just to "listen" to them without asserting opinions and judgment. This study also discusses social stigma as a treatment barrier to individuals who hear voices. The findings in this study suggest that more education on voice hearing is needed within the field of social work and mental health.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Green, Yolanda R.
Commitee: Nagai, Chikako, Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Auditory hallucinations, Long Beach, Schizophrenia
Publication Number: 1526953
ISBN: 978-1-321-27753-1
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