The continuum of quasi-psychotic beliefs and experiences in the Australian general public

McGrath, J., De Leacy, E., Scheurer, R., Cardy, S. and Mowry, B. (2000). The continuum of quasi-psychotic beliefs and experiences in the Australian general public. In: Schizophrenia Research: Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia. Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, Davos, Switzerland, (82-82). 11 - 15 February, 2000. doi:10.1016/S0920-9964(00)90493-6

Author McGrath, J.
De Leacy, E.
Scheurer, R.
Cardy, S.
Mowry, B.
Title of paper The continuum of quasi-psychotic beliefs and experiences in the Australian general public
Conference name Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia
Conference location Davos, Switzerland
Conference dates 11 - 15 February, 2000
Proceedings title Schizophrenia Research: Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Schizophrenia Research   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2000
DOI 10.1016/S0920-9964(00)90493-6
ISSN 0920-9964
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 82
End page 82
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary When surveyed, many individuals without psychosis report a range of beliefs and experiences that are shared by patients with psychosis. This study aimed to examine quasi-psychotic beliefs and experiences in a sample of well Australians. 303 individuals were recruited from a defined catchment area as part of the Brisbane Psychosis Study. All subjects were screened with a modified SCAN in order to exclude psychoses. The Peters Delusional Inventory (PDI 40 items), items from the Chapmans' Psychosis Proneness Scale (PPS), the Communication Awareness Scale (CAS: a measure of awareness of thought disorder), items related to perceptions and beliefs from various schizotypy questionnaires and the Social Desirability (SD) items from the EPQ were administered. There was a significant negative correlation between age and total score on the PDI. There were significant positive correlations between the PDI, the PPS, the CAS and the items related to perception. There were no significant gender differences on any of the scores apart from SD (females had higher scores). Those with a positive family history of mental illness other than schizophrenia (n = 118) scored significantly higher on the PDI and scores related to perception, however they were no different on SD or the Psychosis Proneness items. There were no group differences on any of these items when those with a positive family history of schizophrenia (n = 27) were compared to the rest of the group. Well individuals who endorse delusional beliefs also tend to endorse items related to abnormal perceptions and awareness of thought disorder. The results of the study support the concept of a 'continuum of beliefs and experiences' in the general community that should inform our neurocognitive models of the symptoms of psychosis. The Stanley Foundation supported this project.
Subjects 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Keyword Psychiatry
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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