Auditory Hallucinatory Beliefs in Patients With Schizophrenia: Association of Auditory Hallucinations With Social Interactions, Characteristics and Emotional Behaviors Over 3 Months

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to explore social interactions, characteristics, and emotional behaviors to detect changes in auditory hallucinatory beliefs in patients with schizophrenia over a 3-month period. Participants (n = 189) were evaluated using the Auditory Hallucinations Assessment Scale (AHAS) and the Assessment of Communication and Interaction Skills (ACIS). The characteristics and emotional behaviors measured by the AHAS showed improvements, while auditory hallucinatory beliefs became less influential. Social interaction scores increased regardless of changes in auditory hallucinatory beliefs. Psychiatric professionals need to train those who hear voices to react to them with indifference.

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