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A meta-analysis of controlled research on social skills training for schizophrenia

By Matthew M. Kurtz and Kim T. Mueser


A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials of social skills training for schizophrenia was conducted. Outcome measures from 22 studies including 1,521 clients were categorized according to a proximal– distal continuum in relation to the presumed site of action of skills training interventions, with content mastery tests and performance-based measures of skills assumed to be most proximal, community functioning and negative symptoms intermediate, and general symptoms and relapse most distal. Results reveal a large weighted mean effect size for content-mastery exams (d � 1.20), a moderate mean effect size for performance-based measures of social and daily living skills (d � 0.52), moderate mean effect sizes for community functioning (d � 0.52) and negative symptoms (d � 0.40), and small mean effect sizes for other symptoms (d � 0.15) and relapse (d � 0.23). These results support the efficacy of social skills training for improving psychosocial functioning in schizophrenia

Topics: schizophrenia, social skills, meta-analysis Poor
Year: 2009
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