Hallucinations in Children and Adolescents: An Updated Review and Practical Recommendations for Clinicians

Kim Maijer, Mark Hayward, Charles Fernyhough, Monica E Calkins, Martin Debbané, Renaud Jardri, Ian Kelleher, Andrea Raballo, Aikaterini Rammou, James G Scott, Ann K Shinn, Laura A Steenhuis, Daniel H Wolf, Agna A Bartels-Velthuis

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Hallucinations in children and adolescents are now known to occur on a continuum from healthy to psychopathology-related phenomena. Although hallucinations in young populations are mostly transient, they can cause substantial distress. Despite hallucinations being widely investigated, research so far has had limited implications for clinical practice. The present article has 3 main aims: (1) to review research findings since 2014 (when the last major review of the area was published); (2) to present assessment tools validated to measure hallucinations in children and adolescents; and (3) to discuss therapeutic strategies and clinical issues. We conclude by presenting a tailored care model for clinicians and outline future challenges for research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S5-S23
Number of pages19
JournalSchizophrenia Bulletin
Issue numberSupplement_1
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2019

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