Brief screening for psychosis-like experiences

Capra, Carina, Kavanagh, David J., Hides, Leanne, & Scott, James (2013) Brief screening for psychosis-like experiences. Schizophrenia Research, 149(1-3), pp. 104-107.

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Objective Psychotic-like experiences (PLEs) are common, and are markers of poor mental health. This study examined the internal structure of a screening test, the Community Assessment of Psychic Experiences-Positive scale (CAPE-P) in a young Australian sample.

Method A cross-sectional online survey, which included the CAPE-P, was completed by 1610 university students aged between 18 and 25 years. Confirmatory factor analyses compared 1-, 4-, and 5-factor models, and examined effects of omitting selected items.

Results A 3-factor model, omitting items on magical thinking, grandiosity, paranormal beliefs and a cross-loading item produced the best fit. The resultant 15-item CAPE (CAPE-P15) had three subscales - Persecutory Ideation, Perceptual Abnormalities and Bizarre Experiences, all with high levels of internal consistency.

Conclusion The CAPE-P15 shows promise as a measure of positive, psychosis-like experiences, but further validation of this measure is required in community samples.

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ID Code: 67102
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Psychotic-like experiences, Screening, Cross-sectional analysis, CAPE
DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.05.020
ISSN: 0920-9964
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Schizophrenia Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Schizophrenia Research, [Volume 149, Issues 1–3, (September 2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.05.020
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2014 22:17
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 00:42

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