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Interpersonal cognitive problem-solving with chronic schizophrenics


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Axford, Sharon 1986 , 'Interpersonal cognitive problem-solving with chronic schizophrenics', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This study evaluated the effects of an interpersonal
cognitive problem-solving programme on chronic schizophrenic
inpatients, to see whether it was more effective in increasing
problem-solving skills and adaptive functioning on the ward than
medication alone or medication and group meetings.
Thirty chronic schizophrenic inpatients were matched in trios
for age, education, time since first diagnosis and problem-solving
skills. Each member of a trio was allocated to either the
problem-solving group, the group control for attention and
structure or the no treatment group. The experimental and
control group met each week for 45 minutes for between 6 and 9
weeks. The experimental group were trained in the 4 stages of
problem-solving: recognising problems, producing alternative
solutions, being aware of the consequences of their actions and
choosing solutions to interpersonal problems.
Problem-solving measures were taken one week before, one week
and 2 months after the intervention. Also nurses on the
subjects' wards completed NOSIE-30s before and after the programme
and at follow-up, as a measure of how much if at all subjects'
behaviour changed on the ward.
• No significant difference was found between the groups on any
of the measures. The experimental group's problem-solving skills
did not improve significantly nor did their behaviour on the ward.
Comparision with similar studies are made and improvements
suggested. Recommendations are made for interpersonal problemsolving's
role in the treatment of chronic schizophrenics.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Axford, Sharon
Keywords: Schizophrenics, Interpersonal relations, Problem solving, Social skills, Behavior modification
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Thesis (M.Psych.)-University of Tasmania, 1987. Bibliography: leaves 52-60

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