Assertive Responding to Voices: Evaluating the psychometric properties of new measures of responding to distressing voices and other people


Study ID: 36326
Short Title: Assertive Responding to Voices (AppRoVE)
Organisation: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Condition: Study not assigned to a MH Clinical Studies Group
Main Specialty: Mental Health
Expected End Date: 31/08/2019
Postcode: SO30 3JB
Contact Name: R&D department
Contact Email: research@southernhealth.nhs.uk
Active: Yes

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria will require that participants are aged 18 year or over and have heard voices for at least six months, irrespective of diagnosis. They will need to be able to read English, in order to complete the questionnaires.

Exclusion Criteria

If risks to others are deemed high this would be an exclusion criteria for the study. For Stage 2, participants should not have participated in Stage 1.

Study summary:

Aim - this study aims to evaluate the psychometric properties of two new measures of assertive responding to: 1) distressing voices (‘auditory hallucinations’); and 2) other people. Design – 46-item measures of assertive responding to voices (AppRoVE - voices) and other people (AppRoVE – social) have been developed through consultation with researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience of hearing voices. This study will evaluate the validity and reliability of the AppRoVE measures through a two-stage process. Expected outcomes – this study will produce psychometrically robust measures of assertive responding to voices and other people. Anticipated benefits – psychometrically robust measures of assertive responding to voices and other people can be used to assess therapeutic change processes for patients who receive relationally-based therapies for distressing voices.


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