Maddox, L., Jolley, S., Laurens, K. R, Hirsch, C., Hodgins, S., Browning, S., Bravery, L., Bracegirdle, K., Smith, P. & Kuipers, E. (2013). Cognitive behavioural therapy for unusual experiences in children: A case series. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy,41(3), 344-358. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1017/S1352465812000343
Background: Over half of children in the general population report unusual or “psychoticlike” experiences (PLEs). The development of a later at-risk mental state is associated with persistent, distressing, PLEs, which are appraised negatively and hard to cope with. We have designed a novel, manualized, cognitive behavioural intervention for children aged 9 to 14 years, which aims to reduce emotional problems, improve coping and resilience, and help children manage PLEs, before an identifiable psychosis risk develops. We report on the feasibility, acceptability and clinical impact of the intervention. Method: Four children who reported PLEs and emotional problems in a community survey completed the intervention, and gave detailed feedback. Clinical outcomes were assessed before, during, and after therapy.