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Delusional Ideation and Self-esteem in Individuals With Psychotic Disorders

Warman, Debbie M. PhD*; Lysaker, Paul H. PhD†‡

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: January 2011 - Volume 199 - Issue 1 - p 58-61
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182044b43
Brief Reports

The present study is an examination of the association of self-esteem with various themes of delusional thinking for individuals with psychotic disorders. Individuals with psychotic disorders (N = 30) completed a measure of delusional ideation and a measure of severity of delusions and also a measure of self-esteem. Results indicated individuals with higher levels of delusional thinking in the domains of persecution, thought disturbances, catastrophic ideation/thought broadcast, and negative self had lower self-esteem (p < 0.05). The 2 measures of delusional ideation or severity were not related to one another, yet they yielded similar relationships in terms of self-esteem, indicating both assessments may be useful and unique. Results are discussed in relation to previous research investigating self-esteem and delusions and delusional ideation.

*School of Psychological Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN; †Psychiatry Department, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN; and ‡Department of Psychiatry, Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

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