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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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FIGUEROA B., Alicia; OYARZUN S., Sonia  and  DURAN L., Eduardo. CONECTA-2: training of social cognition and language, at service of communicative effectiveness. A clinical and interactive experience with people with diagnosis of schizophrenia. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2019, vol.57, n.1, pp.9-18. ISSN 0717-9227.


In this paper, we propose to describe a pilot therapeutic experience with a program developed by the team, which we call CONECTA-2, a training plan for social cognition and communication skills for people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Our objective was to establish whether a theoretical-practical therapeutic clinical device, training in executive functions, processes of social cognition and language, can improve the effectiveness of communication in people diagnosed with schizophrenia.


Participants were 10 people between 18 and 24 years old, 7 men and 3 women, diagnosed with schizophrenia for less than three years at the time of the program. A prior and subsequent evaluation of emotional attribution and communicative effectiveness was carried out. 24 group sessions were held, training in executive functions, social cognition and pragmatic-communicative skills.


Positive changes were verified both in emotional attribution and in the communicative effectiveness of the participants.


The results of this pilot experience present a challenge in terms of developing clinical intervention plans that allow rehabilitating those skills to achieve a better adaptation and social insertion of people with schizophrenia.

Keywords : Schizophrenia; language; cognition; communication.

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