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

P. Davis, Lisa Webster, C. Fernyhough, K. Ralston, S. Kola-Palmer, Helen Stain

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)150-152
    Number of pages3
    JournalPsychiatry Research
    Volume271
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018

    Keywords

    • Adolescent
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences
    • Child
    • Female
    • Friends
    • Hallucinations/psychology
    • Humans
    • Imagination
    • Male
    • Prodromal Symptoms
    • Psychotic Disorders/psychology
    • Young Adult

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