EXPLORATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILDHOOD ABUSE & PSYCHOSIS: A CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW

Manning, Claire (2008) EXPLORATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILDHOOD ABUSE & PSYCHOSIS: A CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background

Trauma has long been recognised as a potential cause for a range of non-psychotic mental health problems in adulthood. However, only in recent years has the relationship between childhood abuse and psychosis in adulthood begun to be investigated.

Aim

This study aims to explore and critically review the literature addressing the relationship between childhood abuse and psychosis in adulthood. Clinical implications for mental health nurses will be discussed in order to relate the study to mental health nursing practice.

Method

Studies, theories and concepts relevant to this topic area were critically reviewed in order to gain a condensed overview of the existing literature base. Various sources were used to identify the relevant literature, including electronic databases, as well as manually searching journals, books, reference lists and websites.

Results

Histories of childhood abuse are often present in those individuals who experience psychosis in adulthood, suggesting a causal relationship may exist.

Conclusion

The importance of the relationship between childhood abuse and psychosis remains to be under recognised. Mental health nurses are ideally placed to offer help, care and support to those individuals who experience psychosis by acknowledging and listening to their life events, including experiences of childhood abuse.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: MNursSci, Master of Nursing Science, Mental Health, MH, Literature Review, Child Abuse, Psychosis
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 18:48
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/22532

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