07 August 2019

Core beliefs in healthy youth and youth at ultra high-risk for psychosis: Dimensionality and links to depression, anxiety, and attenuated psychotic symptoms

This study examined core beliefs and their relationship to depression, anxiety, and attenuated psychotic symptoms in two groups of community youth: one at ultrahigh risk for psychosis (UHR) and a matched healthy comparison group (HC). UHR youth reported significantly more negative beliefs about self and others, and significantly fewer positive beliefs about self and others. In contrast, HC youth rarely endorsed negative self-beliefs. The study also found specific links between core beliefs and symptoms in the HC group for depression and anxiety and for the  UHR group for depression and negative psychotic symptoms, but not for anxiety.