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JRRD Volume 46, Number 8, 2009

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Insight and treatment outcome with cognitive-behavioral social skills training for older people with schizophrenia

Lindsay C. Emmerson, PhD, et al.

Average Independent Living Skills Survey (ILSS) composite scores at 12-month follow-up for low insight (9 on Birchwood Insight Scale) and high insight (>9) middle-aged or older people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder in each treatment group. Error bars are 95% confidence interval. For high insight, participant scores in cognitive-behavioral social skills training (CBSST) were significantly >those in treatment as usual (TAU), p < 0.01.

This article is particularly relevant to middle-aged and older veterans with schizophrenia. Antipsychotic medications can reduce some symptoms of schizophrenia but do not specifically target psychosocial functioning. When used with medication therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation intervention can improve everyday functioning in veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia. This article specifically shows that veterans with greater awareness of their illness, as well as those with more limited awareness, can benefit from cognitive behavioral social skills training for schizophrenia.

Volume 46 Number 8, 2009
   Pages 1053 — 1058

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