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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 0717-9227

Abstract

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.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-92272019000100009.

Introduction:

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.

Method:

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.

Results:

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

Conclusions:

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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