Psychotherapy on an Acute Psychiatric Ward: Preliminary Findings From a Controlled Study

Yael Cohen-Chazani, Libby Igra, Jay A Hamm, Bethany L Leonhardt, Reid Klion, Simone Cheli, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon

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This study investigated the efficacy of psychotherapy during hospitalization on an acute psychiatric ward. A controlled trial was conducted to assess the effects of Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) upon metacognition and psychiatric symptoms. Data from 40 inpatient women were analysed. Findings included significant interaction effects between group (intervention or control group) and time (preintervention and postintervention) in regard to the metacognitive abilities and general psychiatric symptoms. Participating in MERIT seems to improve one's ability to use reflective knowledge to cope with psychological challenges and to improve symptomatology level.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3002
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2024

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  • hospitalization
  • metacognition
  • psychotherapy
  • serious mental illness


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