Auditory hallucinations in children higher than thought

Drawing on data on nearly 2500 minors, British psychiatrists found more than one in five adolescents aged 11–13 years had experienced auditory hallucinations, and more than half of those hearing voices turned out to have psychopathology.

Adolescents aged 13–16 years were less likely to hear voices (7%), but when they did the symptom was more predictive of psychopathology, with 80% having a disorder on clinical assessment.

The study found that among adolescents, psychotic symptoms may be predictive of a range of non-psychotic disorders,