Changing Attitudes Towards Voice Hearers: A Literature Review

Caitlin Reddyhough, Vance Locke, Johanna C. Badcock, Georgie Paulik

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Auditory verbal hallucinations, or voice hearing, is increasingly understood as a common experience. Despite this, voice hearers still experience a great deal of stigma, which can have serious negative impacts on the person’s experience of their voices, and their recovery. Research has demonstrated that healthcare professionals may be a major source of the stigma surrounding voice hearing, with service-level implications for the development and delivery of evidence-based interventions. Therefore, reducing this stigma is a critical intervention target. The purpose of this narrative review is to examine evidence for interventions aimed at reducing stigma towards people who hear voices, in populations of healthcare professionals, students, and the general public. The available evidence supports the use of anti-stigma interventions based around direct contact with voice hearers and education about voice hearing. However, further research is necessary in this area to confirm these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1032–1044
Number of pages13
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


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