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Self-Efficacy Skills Help Psychotic Patients Manage Stress

Self-Efficacy Skills Help Psychotic Patients Manage Stress  Researchers report success in helping psychotic patients improve their self-efficacy, thereby reducing stress and improving quality of life.

Self-efficacy, a tenet of positive psychology, is based on the belief that individuals can learn to take control of their behavior and that their own actions and decision influence the events that shape their life.

Researchers at the University of Granada tested the training program on 14 patients diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

The evolution of patients was evaluated successively three and six months after implementation of the training program. The results were compared to those obtained by a control group that did not receive any training.

This program included 15 training sessions: firstly, patients were trained on general self-efficacy, and secondly on specific self-efficacy to acquire skills to deal with stress.

The second training period included sessions to learn to deal with interpersonal difficulties (communication and social skills) and family conflicts, improve discipline with their biomedical/psychological treatments, cope with their symptoms and hallucinations, avoid negative thinking, and prevent and deal with daily stress.

After their participation in the training program, patients’ perception of their own specific self-efficacy increased – both their expectations regarding the results after the training, and its efficiency – to deal with stress.

Additionally, a significant reduction in negative, affective, psychotic symptoms, disorientation and confusion was observed.

Further, most of patients reported high levels of wellness and they expressed their satisfaction at the changes attained thanks to the program.

Conversely, patients from the control group did not report any change in their perceived self-efficacy to deal with stress and their psychotic symptoms. Thus, they obtained lower scores than the intervention group in their levels of wellness, areas of change and general satisfaction.

The same results were obtained in successive evaluations.

Source: University of Granada

Self-Efficacy Skills Help Psychotic Patients Manage Stress

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Self-Efficacy Skills Help Psychotic Patients Manage Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 16, 2019, from
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