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Social Skills Training For Schizophrenia

What is Schizophrenia?  According to, schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is a severe than most that is characterized by profound deficits in thinking, perception, affect, and social behavior.  According to, the main symptoms of schizophrenia are “hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, abnormal affect and disturbance of motor behavior.”  According to, despite the delusions and hallucinations, which are the positive symptoms of shizophrenia, the negative symptoms of schizophrenia are also present.  According to, the negative symptoms of schizophrenia include social and occupational functioning.  This article will describe the purpose of social skills training for schizophrenia.

What Is the Purpose Of Social Skills Training For Schizophrenics?

On a first note, schizophrenia is divided into positive and negative symptoms.  The positive symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations can be treated with medications.  In addition, the negative symptoms such as social functioning and occupational functioning can be treated with social skills training.  This is the purpose of this article and more importantly this particular section.  Therefore, to explain further, the purpose of social skills training, according to, is the following:

Bromley and Brekke (2010) proposed an operational definition of social
functioning of the individual with schizophrenia: The functional outcome is the
result of the conjunction between capacity and performance/competence. For
example, although the person shows the ability to perform the task (capacity), if
he is not able to do it in the community or in his daily life (competence), the
optimal performance is not achieved.

What Does Social Skills Training Consist Of?

What does social skills training consist of?  According to, social skills training consists of the following:

expressive behaviours (speech content and paralinguistic elements: volume of voice, rhythm, intonation, body movements and gestures, interpersonal distance, etc.); responsive behaviours (social perception, attention, emotion recognition and interpretation); interactive behaviours (response and reaction times, conversational turns and use of social reinforcements); and situational factors (knowledge of cultural factors and specific contextual demands).


This article has provided readers with the basis of social skills training for Schizophrenia.  It is important to remember that there are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia.  The positive symptoms of schizophrenia can be treated with medication.  They are the psychosis.  In addition, the negative symptoms of schizophrenia are the social skills and occupational functioning.  This is what the social skills training is used for.  It has many different components.  I hope you have found my article informative.


Social Skills Training For Schizophrenia

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Social Skills Training For Schizophrenia. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from


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