Metacognitive reflection and insight therapy (MERIT) among people with schizophrenia: Lessons from two case studies

Nitzan Arnon-Ribenfeld, Rachel Bloom, Dana Atzil-Slonim, Tuvia Peri, Steven De Jong, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon

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Abstract

People with schizophrenia spectrum disorder face a major challenge in the ability to reflect on their own and others' mental activities and about specific psychological problems in their lives. These deficits are associated with increased symptoms and lower functioning. Specific interventions have been designed to enhance these abilities, one of which is metacognitive reflection and insight therapy (MERIT). Several case studies and a recent pilot study have shown increased metacognitive abilities and a decrease in symptoms among clients after MERIT. This article presents two case studies of clients diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder whose psychotherapy, conducted in Israel, incorporated the MERIT protocol. Outcome measures were taken before and after treatment, and metacognitive abilities were assessed at five time points throughout treatment. Clinical implications and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Volume71
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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