Effects of a Coping-Orientated Group Therapy for Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Patients: a Pilot Study

Andres, Karl; Pfammatter, Mario; Garst, Franziska; Teschner, Carola; Brenner, Hans Dieter (2000). Effects of a Coping-Orientated Group Therapy for Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Patients: a Pilot Study. Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica, 101, pp. 318-322. Munksgaard

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Objective: This controlled pilot study was designed, first, to examine the efficacy of two different group therapy formats for schizophrenia and schizoaffective patients: a patient-centred, psychoeducative and coping- orientated group therapy approach and a supportive therapy group. Secondly, it intended to establish preliminary hypotheses on the therapeutically relevant factors. Method: In a sample of 32 patients suffering from schizophrenia or a schizoaffective disorder the effect sizes of the coping-orientated therapy approach and a supportive group therapy on several outcome variables were examined and the predictive power of different effect variables on outcome was analysed. Results: The effect sizes show improvements in the cognizance of the disorder and the related pharmacotherapy, the psychopathology and the social functioning for both therapy conditions. Moreover, outcome as measured after 1 year was best predicted by the patient's mastery of active, problem-focused coping strategies. Conclusion: The results corroborate the appropriateness of focusing on aspects of coping-behaviour in psychological interventions.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center

UniBE Contributor:

Pfammatter, Mario








Mario Pfammatter

Date Deposited:

27 Apr 2017 13:00

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2017 18:12

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Behaviour therapy, group; cognitive therapy; compliance; schizophrenia





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