Social skills training for schizophrenic individuals at risk for relapse

Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Apr;143(4):523-6. doi: 10.1176/ajp.143.4.523.


Two studies were conducted to evaluate the clinical efficacy of intensive social skills training in medicated schizophrenic inpatients at risk for relapse. In study 1, three patients were treated; two showed reductions in psychopathology and rehospitalization and improved social functioning 9 months following discharge. In study 2, social skills training was compared with holistic health treatment in 28 patients. Both groups showed reduced psychopathology 2 years after discharge; patients treated with social skills training had better social functioning, spent less time hospitalized, and had fewer symptomatic relapses. The results support the utility of social skills training as a psychosocial treatment for schizophrenia.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Holistic Health
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Recurrence
  • Risk
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia / drug therapy
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*
  • Social Adjustment*


  • Antipsychotic Agents