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Appraisals of Anomalous Experiences Interview (AANEX): a multidimensional measure of psychological responses to anomalies associated with psychosis

  • C. M. C. Brett (a1), E. P. Peters (a2), L. C. Johns (a3), P. Tabraham (a4), L. R. Valmaggia (a3) and P. K. Mcguire (a3)...
Abstract
Background

Cognitive models of psychosis suggest that whether anomalous experiences lead to clinically relevant psychotic symptoms depends on how they are appraised, the context in which they occur and the individual's emotional response

Aims

To develop and validate a semi-structured interview (the Appraisals of Anomalous Experiences Interview; AANEX) to assess (a) anomalous experiences and (b) appraisal, contextual and response variables

Method

Following initial piloting, construct validity was tested via cross-sectional comparison of data from clinical and non-clinical samples with anomalous experiences. Interrater reliability was also assessed

Results

Scores from AANEX measuring appraisals, responses and social support differentiated the clinical and nonclinical groups. Interrater reliability was satisfactory for 65 of the 71 items. Six items were subsequently amended

Conclusions

The AANEX is avalid multidimensional instrument that provides a detailed assessment of psychotic-like experiences and subjective variables relevant to the development of a need for clinical care

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Dr Caroline Brett, CASPD, Salomons, David Salomon's Estate, Broomhill Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0TG. Email: cb239@canterburyac.uk
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Appraisals of Anomalous Experiences Interview (AANEX): a multidimensional measure of psychological responses to anomalies associated with psychosis

  • C. M. C. Brett (a1), E. P. Peters (a2), L. C. Johns (a3), P. Tabraham (a4), L. R. Valmaggia (a3) and P. K. Mcguire (a3)...
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