Rehabilitation programs for elderly women inpatients with schizophrenia

Coelho, Carlos M., Palha, Antoacutenio P., Goncalves, Daniela C. and Pachana, Nancy (2008) Rehabilitation programs for elderly women inpatients with schizophrenia. Journal of Women and Aging, 20 3- 4: 283-295. doi:10.1080/08952840801984816

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Author Coelho, Carlos M.
Palha, Antoacutenio P.
Goncalves, Daniela C.
Pachana, Nancy
Title Rehabilitation programs for elderly women inpatients with schizophrenia
Journal name Journal of Women and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-2841
Publication date 2008-08-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08952840801984816
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 3- 4
Start page 283
End page 295
Total pages 13
Place of publication Binghamton, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Haworth Press
Language eng
Subject C1
920410 Mental Health
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920507 Women's Health
920502 Health Related to Ageing
111702 Aged Health Care
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract This study aims to describe rehabilitation and resocialization methods we believe to be appropriate for application to female patients with schizophrenia, in a psychiatric unit with a predominantly older population. We briefly describe the unit and the interventions used as an example of the proposed rehabilitation and resocialization methods applied. The article provides an overview to guide accurate intervention, particularly in inpatient women, in different types of cognitive impairment under the broad category of schizophrenia. Our clinical approach includes a token economy approach, cognitive remediation therapy, and social skills training. The token economy intervention is particularly directed to patients that present with a high mental deterioration and/or debility. Cognitive remediation training is applicable to subjects with both cognitive and social dysfunction, but that do not possess signs of an organic cerebral illness or of substance abuse. Social skills training can be the third step to resocialization, training verbal and nonverbal communication competencies.
Keyword Schizophrenia
Token economy
Cognitive remediation therapy
Social skills training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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