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Initial post: 12 Oct 2011 09:19:00 BDT

I am conducting Psychology research on the links between negative early experiences and mental health for my PhD at Nottingham Trent University. More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between trauma and negative early experiences, ways of relating to other people and voice hearing and paranoia in adulthood. Previous research has demonstrated a link between negative early experiences and psychosis like symptoms, however little is known about how this relationship works. Hence, the aim of this research is to find out more about the mechanisms which underlie the relationship.

I am recruiting a general population sample as well as a sample of support seeking individuals from a self help group, as although paranoia and voice hearing can be symptoms of certain psychological difficulties, such as schizophrenia, research suggests that they are also present in the general population at low levels. In this case such experiences are not usually distressing, as they are not at high enough severity levels to cause problems and therefore do not require a diagnosis. This means that it is useful to conduct research of this nature generally and not only in those with a diagnosis. To achieve this we need your help.

If you are over the age of 18 and would like to participate in the online questionnaire please visit:

Participation should take between 20-30 minutes, however this may vary depending on your experiences. To show my appreciation, you can enter into a prize draw to win £40/£20/£20 Amazon vouchers.

PLEASE NOTE: The questionnaire covers sensitive issues, such as suicide and abuse, you may find some of the questions distressing. You are free to withdraw at any time or leave particular questions out.

Thank you for your interest,

Sarah Cruddas

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 14:46:36 GMT
Thanks to everybody who participated - this survey is now closed.

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 21:05:51 GMT
monica says:
On the one hand, it's a relief to hear that knowledge of the influence of events & attitudes encountered in childhood hasn't been altogether forgotten amidst the trendiness of brain imaging, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. On the other hand, it's worrisome that this researcher seems to think this a new approach and--for rigour of the study--more worrisome still that participants in the survey have been given far far too much information about the intent of the survey.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 13:21:39 GMT
Thank you for your comments, feedback is always appreciated.

Best wishes,


In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 21:03:58 GMT
Spin says:
Miss; Send me money and I wiil tell you anything you want to hear and anything that gets you your Phd.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 21:05:37 GMT
Spin says:
(so much for "objective" scientfic research...)
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