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Friday, December 14, 2018

Study: Measuring Different Types of Relationship Styles in Psychosis

Division of Psychology and Mental Health
2nd Floor, Zochonis Building
The University of Manchester
Brunswick Street
M13 9PL

Participant Information Sheet

Measuring Different Types of Relationship Styles in Psychosis

You are being invited to take part in a research study developing a questionnaire to measure different types of relationship styles in psychosis. Before you decide whether or not you would like to take part in the study, please read the following information carefully so that you can understand what taking part would involve for you. Then click the button at the bottom of the page to continue. If you have any questions or queries about taking part in the study, please contact the principal investigator, Catherine Pollard (catherine.pollard AT postgrad.manchester.ac.uk). You do not have to make a decision straight away, so if you have any doubts or feel unsure please take some time to think it over.

What is the study about?

Our early relationships have been linked to the development of psychosis, a mental health problem that means people interpret things differently from those around them. Psychosis involves experiences such as hallucinations, where a person hears, sees and in some cases feels, smells or tastes things that are not there; or delusions, where a person has strong beliefs that are not shared by others.

When people are young, they develop a sense of how they relate to themselves, others and the world. This includes how others relate to them. Some people grow up seeing their parent/guardian as fearful. Research suggests that when these young people grow up they are more likely to report hearing voices and feel paranoid. However, it is not clear how this happens.

At the moment, it is difficult to understand why these people are more likely to hear voices and feel paranoid. Therefore, more research needs to be done. We aim to develop a questionnaire that measures whether people have grown up feeling scared of their parent/guardian so that we can use this in research to help us understand the link between feeling fearful in early relationships and the development of psychosis.

This study will not directly offer you any benefit, but the study addresses a gap in psychosis research. Our work will help to understand the development of unusual experiences and help us develop more treatments for distressing experiences.


humanistic ----------------------------------------------- mechanistic
early relationships 
lived experiences
sensory experiences -
hear, see, feel, smell, taste ...
hallucinations, delusions
psychosis, distress, trauma

Confident with

Involved in major accident
antipsychotic medication

English language

social environment
parent(s), guardian, significant others
fear, traumatic loss of other
 Therapeutic input: CBT, Psychologist


Treatment in a Mental Health
Unit / Hospital
Input from Community Mental Health Team or Early Intervention Service

subjective ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OBJECTIVE
qualitative -------------------------------------------------------------- QUANTITATIVE

My source:
@HearingVoicesUK & @RSInPsychosis