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An Examination of the Efficacy of Social Skills Training for Chronic Schizophrenic Patients
Alan S. Bellack; Samuel M. Turner; Michel Hersen; Raymond F. Luber
Psychiatric Services 1984; doi:
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Medical College of Pennsylvania at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, 3200 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129

University of Pitts burgh School of Medicine

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Fayette (Penn.) Community Health Service

1984 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To study the efficacy of social skills training and day hospital treatment for schizophrenic patients, the authors treated 20 chronic schizophrenic patients in a 12-week day hospital program and 44 patients in the same program supplemented by comprehensive social skills training. While both groups of patients who completed treatment showed improvement immediately following treatment, during the sixmonth posttreatment period patients who bad received social skills training either continued to improve or maintained their gains on most measures, while the patients receiving day hospital treatment alone either maintamed gains or lost them. The authors discuss the implications of these findings as well as the finding that almost half of the patients in both groups were hospitalized at least once in the year following treatment.

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