We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

From phenomenology to a neurophysiological understanding of hallucinations in children and adolescents.

Jardri, R. and Bartels-Velthuis, A. and Debbané, M. and Jenner, J. and Kelleher, I. and Dauvillier, Y. and Plazzi, G. and Demeulemeester, M. and David, C. and Rapoport, J. and Dobbelaere, D. and Escher, S. and Fernyhough, C. (2014) 'From phenomenology to a neurophysiological understanding of hallucinations in children and adolescents.', Schizophrenia bulletin., 40 (Suppl 4). S221-S232.


Typically reported as vivid, multisensory experiences which may spontaneously resolve, hallucinations are present at high rates during childhood. The risk of associated psychopathology is a major cause of concern. On the one hand, the risk of developing further delusional ideation has been shown to be reduced by better theory of mind skills. On the other hand, ideas of reference, passivity phenomena, and misidentification syndrome have been shown to increase the risk of self-injury or heteroaggressive behaviors. Cognitive psychology and brain-imaging studies have advanced our knowledge of the mechanisms underlying these early-onset hallucinations. Notably, specific functional impairments have been associated with certain phenomenological characteristics of hallucinations in youths, including intrusiveness and the sense of reality. In this review, we provide an update of associated epidemiological and phenomenological factors (including sociocultural context, social adversity, and genetics, considered in relation to the psychosis continuum hypothesis), cognitive models, and neurophysiological findings concerning hallucinations in children and adolescents. Key issues that have interfered with progress are considered and recommendations for future studies are provided.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Hallucinations, Childhood, Review, Adolescence.
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution.
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:03 February 2014
Date deposited:20 August 2015
Date of first online publication:13 June 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar