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Supportive Therapy for Schizophrenia: Possible Mechanisms and Implications for Adjunctive Psychosocial Treatments

David L. Penn, Kim T. Mueser, Nick Tarrier, Andrew Gloege, Corrine Cather, Daniel Serrano and Michael W. Otto

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 30, issue 1, pages 101-112
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0586-7614
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.schbul.a007055
Supportive Therapy for Schizophrenia: Possible Mechanisms and Implications for Adjunctive Psychosocial Treatments

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This article posits that the positive findings for supportive therapy (ST) in recent trials may indicate an important but undervalued aspect of psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia. In developing this thesis, we consider the possible mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of ST observed in recent trials of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia. We place this evidence in the context of a review of psychological models of mental health, the therapeutic alliance, and research on social cognition and social support in schizophrenia. We conclude this article by describing a new theoretically driven intervention for schizophrenia, functional cognitive-behavioral therapy (FCBT), which improves functional outcomes by integrating evidence-based advances in cognitive behavioral therapy with the strengths of ST approaches.

Keywords: Schizophrenia; psychosocial treatment; supportive therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; schizophrenia

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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