A Preliminary Qualitative Investigation of Voice Hearing and Its Association with Dissociation in Chronic PTSD

Caroline Anketell, Martin J. Dorahy*, David Curran

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Following on from a quantitative study, this research used a qualitative methodology to investigate the lived experience of 3 men with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder associated with the conflict in Northern Ireland who reported auditory hallucinations. Data analysis used the Framework method. Results showed that beliefs about voices, dissociation of identity and body, and interpersonal impact were central superordinate themes associated with auditory hallucinations in posttraumatic stress disorder. Central subordinate themes included feeling a lack of controllability over voices, experiencing them as ego-dystonic, and feeling an increased sense of isolation and shame because of their presence. Results provide an in-depth analysis of participants' lived experiences and enhance understanding of previous quantitative findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-101
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Trauma and Dissociation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • qualitative methodology
  • dissociation
  • PTSD
  • auditory hallucinations

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