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Volume 65 Issue 4 (December 1992), Pages 305-399

Psychological theories of delusional thinking: In search of integration (pages 347-356)

Psychological theories approach the problem of delusional thinking in psychosis from a range of perspectives. Recent attention has focused on the attributional style of sufferers; research points towards the relevance of cognitive deficits; the potential value of cognitive therapy in reducing delusional thinking is being explored; and psychodynamic theories argue for the role of defence mechanisms. Aspects of these approaches are reviewed and ideas for integration discussed within the vulnerability‐stress model of psychosis. Implications for therapy are noted.

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