The Significance of Coping as a Therapeutic Variable for the Outcome of Psychological Therapy in Schizophrenia

Andres, Karl; Pfammatter, Mario; Fries, Alexander; Brenner, Hans Dieter (2003). The Significance of Coping as a Therapeutic Variable for the Outcome of Psychological Therapy in Schizophrenia. European psychiatry, 18(4), pp. 149-154. Elsevier Masson SAS 10.1016/S0924-9338(03)00042-7

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Although there is now strong evidence confirming the efficacy of psychological therapies in schizophrenia, the therapeutic processes which they activate remain widely unknown. In order to effectively implement them in clinical practice, identification of these processes is essential. In a controlled study, the efficacy of a coping-oriented therapy approach for schizophrenia patients was tested. Furthermore, the study aimed at establishing preliminary hypotheses on the therapeutically relevant factors. Treatment effects were found in the prominence of psychopa- thology, the extent of cognizance of the disorder, and the level of social functioning. Moreover, a better psychopathological and social outcome as measured 12 and 18 months after completion of therapy was best predicted by the patients’ mastery of active, problem-focused coping strategies immediately after completion of therapy. The findings underscore the clinical relevance of specific coping styles and corroborate the appropriateness of focusing on aspects of coping behavior in psychological interventions for schizophrenia patients.

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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




Elsevier Masson SAS




Mario Pfammatter

Date Deposited:

27 Apr 2017 12:39

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27 Apr 2017 12:39

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Schizophrenia; coping; cognitive behavioral therapy; psychoeducation




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