Traditional treatments for psychosis, both pharmacological and psychological, have
focused on symptom reduction or symptom control. Alternative approaches to
psychosis are now emerging which focus on the acceptance of, rather than the
avoidance of, psychotic phenomena. These approaches encourage individuals to live
meaningful lives alongside their experiences of psychosis. One way in which to
facilitate this is to promote the identification of important life domains and the
engagement in behaviours consistent with ones values.
The aim of this study is to investigate factors associated with success at valued living
in a sample of individuals who have experienced psychosis. The association between
psychotic symptoms, illness beliefs, experiential avoidance and success at valued
living is explored.
Eighty-four individuals with experiences of psychosis completed standardised selfreport measures of beliefs about illness, experiential avoidance and valued living. The
researcher rated an individual's psychotic symptoms with an interview-based
measure. Data were analysed using correlations and path analysis, an extension of
Results indicated that success at valued living was best predicted by experiential
avoidance. Neither psychotic symptoms nor illness beliefs were found to be directly
associated with success at valued living. The clinical and theoretical implications of
these findings are discussed.