Learning medication self-management skills in schizophrenia: Relationships with cognitive deficits and psychiatric symptoms

Patrick W. Corrigan, Charles J. Wallace, Mark L. Schade, Michael F. Green

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Previous research has shown that the psychosocial skill learning of patients with schizophrenia is associated with several aspects of information processing. These processes may limit the effectiveness of skills training. The contributions of visual vigilance, verbal memory, conceptual flexibility, and psychiatric symptoms to medication self-management skill learning were examined in 30 subjects with schizophrenia. Results showed that skill learning was significantly associated with recall memory and visual vigilance but not with conceptual flexibility. Additional analyses showed that skill learning was not related to psychotic symptoms; nonsignificant trends were found with an index of negative symptoms. These findings may help clinical investigators develop cognitive rehabilitation strategies that facilitate psychosocial skill learning for this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The authors thank Sally MacKain, Patty Parlier-Cook, and Daniel Storzbach for help in data collection. The sample was obtained through the excellent cooperation of the staff and administration of Camarillo State Hospital. Funding for this project came from NIMH Grant MH-43292 to Dr. Green. Diagnostic training and symptom assessment were supported by NIMH Clinical Research Grant MH-30911 (R.P. Liberman, P.I.). The software for the Continuous Performance Test and Span of Apprehension was developed by Drs. Keith Nuechterlein and Robert Asarnow with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Network for Risk and Protective Factors in Major Mental Disorders. Address all correspondence to Patrick Corrigan at the University of Chicago, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 7230 Arbor Drive, Tiniey Park, IL 60477.


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