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Adult report of childhood imaginary companions and adversity relates to concurrent prodromal psychosis symptoms.

Davis, Paige E. and Webster, Lisa A.D. and Fernyhough, Charles and Ralston, Kevin and Kola-Palmer, Susanna and Stain, Helen J. (2019) 'Adult report of childhood imaginary companions and adversity relates to concurrent prodromal psychosis symptoms.', Psychiatry research., 271 . pp. 150-152.

Abstract

Hallucination and dissociation have been found to be associated with imaginary friend play in childhood (CIC). Past studies have not investigated how this play relates to adult prodromal symptoms or how childhood adversity mediates the relationship. CIC play was examined in 278 participants, 18–24 years. CIC status predicted prodromal symptoms of hallucination only, whereas childhood adversity predicted all other symptoms. Mediation analysis found CIC's relation to hallucination symptoms was partially mediated by childhood adversity. Findings fit with views that CIC are a positive childhood experience which may convert to a negative developmental trajectory through the impact of childhood adversity.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.11.046
Publisher statement:© 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/)
Date accepted:20 November 2018
Date deposited:29 November 2018
Date of first online publication:20 November 2018
Date first made open access:29 November 2018

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