Journal article

Social cognition training as an intervention for improving functional outcome in first-episode psychosis: a feasibility study

Cali F Bartholomeusz, Kelly Allott, Eoin Killackey, Ping Liu, Stephen J Wood, Andrew Thompson



BACKGROUND: Social cognitive deficits have a detrimental effect on social and role functioning at both early and late stages of psychotic illness. AIM: To assess the feasibility of social cognition and interaction training (SCIT) in first-episode psychosis (FEP). METHODS: A total of 12 FEP participants were sequentially allocated to one of two SCIT groups, each of which met once per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Social cognition and functioning was assessed at baseline and post-intervention. RESULTS: SCIT was well-tolerated and retention was good. FEP participants improved significantly on measures of emotion recognition and social and occupational functioning. CONCLUSIONS: This study exten..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Australian

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Ms Gina Woodhead and Ms Lori Schell for their valuable contribution to running the groups, and Dr David Roberts for providing supervision to the SCIT facilitators. We would also like to thank Dr Roberts and Prof Penn for their advice in the modification of the SCIT. This study was supported by two National Health and Medical Research Council Australian-based Clinical Research Fellowships (567042, CB; 628884, KA); University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant (CB); Royal Melbourne Hospital Home Lottery Grant (AT), NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (SJW) and a Ronald Phillip Griffith Research Fellowship (EK).