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J Psychother Pract Res. 2000 Summer;9(3):149-56.

Development of an integrated cognitive-behavioral and social skills training intervention for older patients with schizophrenia.

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  • 1University of California, San Diego, and VA San Diego Healthcare Services, 92161, USA.


There is considerable evidence that psychosocial treatments benefit younger adults with schizophrenia. However, no studies have been undertaken of such interventions for older patients with schizophrenia. This report describes the development of a novel integrated treatment combining cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and social skills training (SST). This intervention is designed to address the needs of older patients with schizophrenia by challenging beliefs common in this population that interfere with treatment and by providing repetitive practice of behaviors to improve retention and skill development. The authors provide two case reports and pilot data suggesting benefits of this approach.

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