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Disclosure of voice hearing and mental health problems : experiences and effects

Watkins, Simon


Simon Watkins


Chris Sanderson


Research suggests that people who experience mental health problems and people who hear voices are likely to experience stigmatising attitudes and discrimination. This portfolio considers the experiences and impact of disclosing these stigmatised experiences, both to immediate family, friends, and partners, and to people in wider society. The portfolio has three parts.

Part one is a systematic literature review which considers the impact/effect of disclosing mental health problems by reviewing the literature base. Twelve articles which aimed to answer the research question were quality assessed, then compared and contrasted in order to provide conclusions and offer recommendations for future research and clinical practice.

Part two is an empirical study which enquires into the personal experiences of people who hear voices using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Six participants were interviewed about their experiences of talking about hearing voices with family, friends, and other people they considered close to them. Themes were developed from the interviews and conclusions were drawn about future research and clinical implications.

Part three of this portfolio contains the appendices, consisting of supporting documents from the literature review and empirical study, along with both epistemological and reflective statements.


Watkins, S. (2018). Disclosure of voice hearing and mental health problems : experiences and effects. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Clinical psychology
Public URL
Additional Information Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing, The University of Hull
Award Date Feb 1, 2018


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Copyright Statement
© 2018 Watkins, Simon. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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