Pilot study of social cognition and interaction training (SCIT) for schizophrenia
There has been growing interest in the role of social cognition in schizophrenia. The importance of social cognition has also led to interventions that seek to improve social cognitive functioning. The authors report pilot data on a new intervention, Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT). SCIT is a manual-based, group intervention designed for individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. They evaluated the feasibility of SCIT in a pilot study conducted at Dorothea Dix State Hospital. Although SCIT was designed for 18 weekly, the authors administered a small battery prior to and following SCIT. The participant's task is to indicate why the person likely acted the way s/he did and what s/he would do about it. The findings indicate trend-level reductions in symptoms and hostile and aggressive biases, as well as a statistically significant improvement in Theory of Mind performance. These findings suggest that SCIT is feasible and may yield clinical benefits, particularly in the areas of Theory of Mind and attributional style. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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