Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award

6-7-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Matthew Hunsinger, PhD

Abstract

Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic spectrum disorders frequently report distress from their experience of hearing voices. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have demonstrated efficacy in decreasing distress from several physical and psychological problems (e.g., chronic pain, substance use cravings, etc.). The present study investigates the use of an MBI with 11 forensic inpatients in a public psychiatric hospital who reported hearing voices. This study used a within-subjects design to assess self-reported distress from hearing voices and clinical functioning before and after delivery of the MBI. On self-reported ratings of distress from voices, one participant showed reliable and clinically significant change in the recovery classification and another participant’s post-intervention scores fell in the improvement range. Six participants showed reliable and clinically significant improvement in their clinical functioning. Two participants showed deterioration in their clinical functioning from pre-test to post-test. The remaining participants (n=3) showed no clinically significant change. These findings suggest that some patients experienced improvements in their distress from hearing voices and clinical functioning after the intervention. The implications and limitations of these findings are discussed, and future directions of research are suggested.

Available for download on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Share

COinS