The development of the social cognition and interaction training program for schizophrenia spectrum disorders

David L. Penn, David Roberts, Dennis Combs, Abram Sterne

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Abstract

This column describes the development of a treatment, the Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT) program, a group-based intervention delivered weekly over a six-month period, with the purpose of improving both social cognition and social functioning among persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. SCIT comprises three phases: emotion training, figuring out situations, and integration. Initial pilot testing of 17 inpatients showed that SCIT was associated with improved emotion perception, improved theory of mind, and a reduced tendency to attribute hostile intent to others, with effect sizes being in the medium-large range. Although research is still in the early phases, SCIT is a potential best practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-451
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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