Further Reading and Resources

1. Research Papers

Beavan, V., Read, J., & Cartwright. C. (2011). The prevalence of voice-hearers in the general population: A literature review. Journal of Mental Health, 20(3), 281–292.

Longden, E., Corstens, D., Escher, S., & Romme, M. (2012). Voice hearing in biographical context: A model for formulating the relationship between voices and life history. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 4(3), 224-234.

McCarthy-Jones, S., & Longden, E. (2013). The voices others cannot hear.The Psychologist, 26(8), 570-575.

McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012). Hearing Voices: The Histories, Causes and Meanings of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Moskowitz, A., Schäfer, I, & Dorahy, M.J. (Eds). (2008). Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Romme, M. Escher, S. (Eds.). (2011). Psychosis as a Personal Crisis: An Experience Based Approach. London: Routledge

Varese, F., Smeets, F., Drukker, M., et al. (2012). Childhood trauma increases the risk of psychosis: A meta-analysis of patient-control, prospective- and cross sectional cohort studies. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38 (4), 661–671.

Whitaker, R. (2010). Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. New York: Crown.

Further Research papers can be found here Engaging with Voices Literature Review

2. Publications 

Living With Voices: An Anthology of 50 Voice Hearers Stories of Recovery By: Prof Marius Romme, Dr Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dr Dirk Corstens & Prof Mervyn Morris. Published by: PCCS Books, September 2009

A analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers.

At the heart of this book are the stories of fifty people who have recovered from the distress of hearing voices. They have overcome the disabling social and psychiatric attitudes towards voice hearing and have also fought with themselves to accept and make sense of the voices. They have changed their relationship with their voices in order to reclaim their lives.

All the people in this book describe their recovery; how they now accept their voices as personal, and how they have learnt to cope with them and have changed their relationship with them. They have discovered that their voices are not a sign of madness but a reaction to problems in their lives that they couldn’t cope with, and they have found that there is a relationship between the voices and their life history, that the voices talk about problems that they haven’t dealt with – and that they therefore make sense.

There are a wide range of other books and publications about the hearing voices approach that you can find here

3. Other Resources

“Voices Matter” This documentary about the Hearing Voices Movement was filmed over the course of three days at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales.

INTERVOICE FaceBook group

The Hearing Voices Media Watch FaceBook page

INTERVOICE Twitter account

INTERVOICE Youtube Channel

INTERVOICE Groups and Networks Google Map


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