Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Auditory Hallucinations and Symptom Severity on Anxiety Levels in Schizophrenia
by Jones, Melissa L., Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2015, 96; 3715810
Abstract (Summary)

The current study was an examination of the impact that auditory hallucination subtype (e.g., command-type auditory hallucinations and noncommand-type auditory hallucinations) and overall symptom severity has on anxiety levels in individuals diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia (N = 52). Participants included 39 males and 13 females, all diagnosed with schizophrenia, paranoid type. Participants were recruited from an intensive outpatient program (IOP), inpatient program (IN), and partial hospitalization program (PHP) from two Southern California psychiatric facilities. The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) was used to assess each participant’s overall symptom severity and determine auditory hallucination subtype. The Multidimensional Anxiety Questionnaire (MAQ) was used to assess each participant’s level of anxiety. Results indicated that over 65% of participants demonstrated anxiety levels in the severe clinical severity category, according MAQ T-scores. Further analyses indicated that auditory hallucination subtype or overall symptom severity did not significantly predict anxiety levels, using a multiple regression analysis. Finally, an independent samples t test demonstrated statistically nonsignificant differences between participants with command-type auditory hallucinations and participants with noncommand-type auditory hallucinations on anxiety scores.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sitzer, David, Balice, Guy
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, Auditory hallucinations, Command hallucinations, Schizophrenia
Publication Number: 3715810
ISBN: 978-1-321-94104-3
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