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J Clin Psychol. 2014 Apr;70(4):303-12. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22050. Epub 2013 Oct 2.

Narrative enhancement and cognitive therapy (NECT) effectiveness: a quasi-experimental study.

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University of Haifa.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Accumulated evidence suggests that approximately one third of people with a serious mental illness (SMI) experience elevated self-stigma. Narrative enhancement and cognitive therapy (NECT) is a structured group-based intervention aimed to reduce self-stigma. The current study aims to examine the effectiveness of NECT. A quasi-experimental design.

DESIGN:

Baseline and follow-up data were collected and outcomes were compared between 63 persons with SMI who participated in NECT and 56 persons who received treatment as usual.

RESULTS:

The NECT treatment group showed significant (p < .05) reductions in self-stigma and increases in self-esteem, quality of life, and Hope-Agency scores between pre- and posttreatment assessments, compared with the control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

The current results provide preliminary support for the use of NECT as an effective treatment to reduce self-stigma and its implications for treatment and practice are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

recovery; self-stigma; serious mental illness

PMID:
24114797
PMCID:
PMC3954406
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22050
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