Young Voices study in the Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences category
A University research project has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award in the Research Project of the Year in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences category.
The Young Voices study, led by Dr Sarah Parry, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist (pictured above) is a collaborative research project with the University of Manchester.
It explores the experiences of young people aged 10 to 18 who hear voices, as well as the factors that influence voice-related distress within families.
The study is the first research project in the UK to include both young people who hear positive and negative voices, and their parents, and it is hoped the results will help shape future interventions and support services for children who hear voices.
We have worked in collaboration to try to develop a new understanding of voice hearing for young people
Dr Parry said: “We are delighted the Young Voices study has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award!
“Over the last 18 months, we have worked in collaboration with the Voice Collective (a project that supports children who hear voices), young people and their parents, to try to develop a new understanding of voice hearing for young people.
“We have heard from young people who are frightened by their voices and worry about telling people about their experiences, but we have also heard from many young people who treasure their voices and see them as valuable friends.
“Being shortlisted for this award is a fantastic opportunity for raising awareness of this misunderstood experience and decreasing the stigma that so many young people say upsets them.
“Raising awareness of how common voice hearing is in childhood is essential, if young people are to feel less alone and more supported in their experiences.”
For more information about the Young Voices study, please follow @youngvoicestudy on Twitter.
The Times Higher Education Awards ceremony will take place at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Thursday November 29.