Psychosis and Deafness in Forensic Settings: How are Hallucinations and Delusions shaped by Experiences of Being Deaf

Morris, Saffron, Gresswell, Mark and Merdian, Hannah Lena (2019) Psychosis and Deafness in Forensic Settings: How are Hallucinations and Delusions shaped by Experiences of Being Deaf. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health . ISSN 1499-9013

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/14999013.2019.1673518

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Abstract

Forensic inpatients who experience hallucinations and delusions present with complex clinical needs, which can be exacerbated through additional individual difficulties and disabilities impacting responsivity. Experiences of hallucinations and delusions are shaped by the individual’s context and culture; however, to date this has not been explored with regards to the experience of deaf persons. The current study employed Multiple Sequential Functional Analysis to conceptualise the developmental nature of hallucinations and/or delusions in a sample of three Deaf men from a secure specialist Deaf service. No evidence was found of unique experiences shaping the content and themes of hallucinations; however, participants reported a learning history of associating deafness with being inferior, which later emerged in delusions of grandeur. Across all three cases, there was a noticeable lack of clinical information available in case notes and a lack of targeted interventions offered by forensic service providers.

Keywords:deafness, hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, Multiple Sequential Functional Analysis, forensic inpatients
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:37861
Deposited On:28 Oct 2019 10:15

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