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Identity and Cause of Problems: The Perceptions of Patients with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

  • Caitlin M. Phillips (a1), Michael A. Cooke (a2), Anne Cooke (a3) and Emmanuelle R. Peters (a2)

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This study explored the beliefs held by 17 individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia on the identity and cause of their problems using a semi-structured interview. Just over half of the sample considered their main difficulty to be something other than a psychiatric or psychological problem. Nevertheless, all participants reported having at least one problem, and a range of views concerning the causes of these problems were elicited, with an average of five causal factors endorsed. This suggests that traditional insight scales fail to capture the complex subjective models of understanding held by individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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Reprint requests to Emmanuelle Peters, King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, 16 de Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK. E-mail: e.peters@iop.kcl.ac.uk

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Identity and Cause of Problems: The Perceptions of Patients with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

  • Caitlin M. Phillips (a1), Michael A. Cooke (a2), Anne Cooke (a3) and Emmanuelle R. Peters (a2)
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