Role of coping strategies and attitudes in mediating distress due to hallucinations in schizophrenia

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address: Dr Gagandeep Singh, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh 160030, India.
Email: drjolly78@hotmail.com

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to determine the role of coping strategies and attitudes in predicting distress due to hallucinations in schizophrenia. Seventy-five chronic stable schizophrenia patients were assessed with respect to sociodemographic profile, clinical variables, general psychopathology, phenomenology (severity) of hallucinations, attitude towards hallucinations, distress due to hallucinations (determined by two measures) and coping strategies used to deal with hallucinations. On multiple stepwise regression analysis, ‘severity of hallucinations’ and ‘problem-solving coping strategies’ contributed significantly to both measures of distress. It can be concluded that distress due to hallucinations in schizophrenia is determined by severity of hallucinations (stressor) and problem-solving coping strategies. Attitudes do not seem to play any role in this respect.

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