Saturday, November 14, 2009

Psychosocial Treatments to Promote Functional Recovery in Schizophrenia

The abstract of an article published in the March 2009 edition of Schizophrenia Bulletin:

By Robert S. Kern (1–3), Shirley M. Glynn (2,3), William P. Horan (2,3), and Stephen R. Marder (2,3)

(1) To whom correspondence should be addressed; Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (MIRECC 210 A), Building 210, Room 116, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90073; tel: 310-478-3711 ext. 49229, fax: 310-268-4056, e-mail:

(2) Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Geffen
School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, Los
Angeles, CA

(3) Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 22 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Los Angeles, CA

A number of psychosocial treatments are available for persons with schizophrenia that include social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive remediation, and social cognition training. These treatments are reviewed and discussed in terms of how they address key components of functional recovery such as symptom stability, independent living, work functioning, and social functioning. We also review findings on the interaction between pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and discuss future directions in pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia.

Overall, these treatments provide a range of promising approaches to helping patients achieve better outcomes far beyond symptom stabilization.

Key words: recovery / social skills training / cognitive behavioral therapy / cognitive remediation / social cognition / schizophrenia

To download the entire article, please click here (PDF).

Posting of this abstract is for the purposes of research into schizophrenia and recovery.

Also see:

New Possibilities in Cognition Enhancement for Schizophrenia

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