Social cognition and interaction training (SCIT) for outpatients with schizophrenia: A preliminary study

David L. Roberts, David L. Penn

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Social functioning deficits (e.g., social skill, community functioning) are a core feature of schizophrenia. These deficits are only minimally improved via the frontline treatments for schizophrenia (e.g. medication, social skills training, cognitive-behavioral therapy). Social cognition is a promising treatment target in this regard as it may be more strongly related to social functioning outcomes than traditional neurocognitive domains [Couture, S., Penn, D.L., Roberts, D.L., 2006. The functional significance of social cognition in schizophrenia: a review. Schizophrenia Bulletin (Suppl. 1), S-44-63]. Social cognition and interaction training (SCIT) is a 20-week, manualized, group treatment designed to improve social functioning in schizophrenia by way of improved social cognition. This article reports preliminary data from a quasi-experimental study comparing SCIT + treatment as usual (TAU; n = 20) to TAU alone (n = 11) among outpatients. Results using analysis of variance (ANOVA) suggest SCIT-related improvements in emotion perception and social skill.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Apr 30 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Attributional style
  • Emotion perception
  • Psychosis
  • Social functioning
  • Theory of Mind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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