Whither cognitive-behavioral therapy for schizophrenia?

Robert Paul Liberman, Michael Foster Green

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Abstract

Clinical studies of cognitive therapy and rehabilitation for persons with schizophrenia have generated promising findings of improvments in patients' cognitive and clinical status. However, the results do not appear to be specific to a particular form of intervention, and long-term evaluations of cognitive therapy, as an element in a comprehensive system of care, need to be conducted for clinical validation. Rehabilitation efforts should be congruent with laboratory findings of specific cognitive deficits, including those that are "vulnerability indicators" and endure beyond symptomatic episodes. With the demonstration that chronic schizophrenic patients can learn a variety of cognitive and behavioral skills through Integrated Psychological Therapy and other psychosocial treatments, the future appears bright for a profusion of new modalities aimed at cognitive-behavioral rehabilitation, especially those that emerge from what is known about information-processing deficits in schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalSchizophrenia Bulletin
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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