Characteristics of delusional experience

  • P. A. Garety
  • D. R. Hemsley

DOI: 10.1007/BF00380955

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Garety, P.A. & Hemsley, D.R. Eur Arch Psychiatr Neurol Sci (1987) 236: 294. doi:10.1007/BF00380955


The characteristics of delusional experience were examined in a mixed group of 55 patients considered to be deluded; 11 belief characteristics were assessed by self-rating: conviction, preoccupation, interference, resistance, dismissibility, absurdity, self-evidentness, reassurance seeking, worry, unhappiness and pervasiveness. Only on level of conviction did no subject show a low score; on other dimensions there was considerable inter-subject variability. A principal components analysis indicated 4 components: distress, belief strength, obtrusiveness and concern. It is argued that delusions are most usefully regarded as multi-dimensional and, while characterised by conviction, vary considerably on other important dimensions.

Key words

Delusions Delusional experience Principal components analysis 

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© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Garety
    • 1
  • D. R. Hemsley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyInstitute of PsychiatryLondonGreat Britian

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