Coping with positive symptoms of schizophrenia: A brief CBT intervention

Hatzipetrou, Luke and Oei, Tian Po (2010) Coping with positive symptoms of schizophrenia: A brief CBT intervention. Clinical Case Studies, 9 5: 339-352. doi:10.1177/1534650110379903

Author Hatzipetrou, Luke
Oei, Tian Po
Title Coping with positive symptoms of schizophrenia: A brief CBT intervention
Journal name Clinical Case Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1534-6501
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1534650110379903
Volume 9
Issue 5
Start page 339
End page 352
Total pages 14
Editor Michael Hersen
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This case study examined the assessment, treatment, and outcomes of a 53-year-old man presenting with chronic paranoid schizophrenia. This individual presented with significant anxiety, stress, and depression symptoms resulting from his inability to cope with persistent and persecutory auditory hallucinations and delusions. The treatment approach was drawn from principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, in particular the Coping Strategy Enhancement Approach (CSE; Yusupoff & Tarrier, 1996). This approach is used for people suffering from persistent hallucinations and delusions. The CSE aims to assist the individual develop adaptive coping strategies in the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral domains. Findings suggested a reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress reported during the course of the interview despite the persistent and significant positive symptoms. Furthermore, the participant reported increased confidence in managing these symptoms and developed simple and reportedly effective coping skills. As results supported the use of the cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) approach, the findings were moderate. There were several factors contributing to these results, such as lack of consistent carer support and the intellectual impairments associated with the illness. These factors are described in the study, with recommendations for future interventions. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Cognitive behaviour therapy
Psychological distress
Coping strategies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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