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“Maybe it’s kind of normal to hear voices”: The role of spirituality in making sense of voice hearing

Lewis, Sophie Hannah; Sanderson, Chris; Gupta, Anjula; Klein, Claire

Authors

Sophie Hannah Lewis

Chris Sanderson

Claire Klein



Contributors

Christopher Sanderson
Research Group

Abstract

First-person accounts of voice hearing are scarce. This research aims to explore the role of spirituality in the sense-making process of hearing voices. Five semistructured interviews explored experiences of spirituality and hearing voices. Qualitative data was analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). Three superordinate themes were identified: need for connection, values about self and identity, and making sense. The findings suggest a relationship between spirituality and voice hearing, and relate to the need for belongingness and self-identity. Acknowledging the sense making process and engaging in conversations about spirituality are implicated when providing clinical interventions for distressing voice hearing. Future research could explore further the differences between voices associated with spiritual experiences and “psychosis.”

Citation

Lewis, S. H., Sanderson, C., Gupta, A., & Klein, C. (in press). “Maybe it’s kind of normal to hear voices”: The role of spirituality in making sense of voice hearing. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 1-16. doi:10.1080/19349637.2018.1520183

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 3, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 29, 2019
Journal Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health
Print ISSN 1934-9637
Electronic ISSN 1934-9645
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-16
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/19349637.2018.1520183
Keywords Applied Psychology; Religious studies; Social Sciences (miscellaneous); Social Psychology
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/1085193
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19349637.2018.1520183
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wspi20

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