Social Skills Training: results in patients with psychotic syndromes

Risultati del Social Skills Training applicato a pazienti con sindromi psicotiche

R. Perone1, L. Bartolini2, D. Pecori3, S. Domenichetti4, V. Massai3, A. Rispoli3, A. Barbacci3

1 Modulo Operativo Multidisciplinare Salute Mentale Adulti Quartiere 5 (MOM SMA 5), ASL 10 di Firenze; 2 Dipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche e Psichiatriche, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Careggi, Firenze; 3 Associazione GRUF (Gruppo per la Ricerca a livello Universitario di Firenze); 4 Unità Funzionale Salute Mentale Adulti Zona Firenze, ASL 10 di Firenze


This pilot-study provides the results of Psychosocial Rehabilitation carried-out with Social Skills Training for a Group of Patients with Psychotic Syndromes, at the Centro Diurno “Fili e Colori” – MOM Salute Mentale Adulti Quartiere 5 – ASL 10 of Florence.


The purpose of the study was to verify the hypothesis that “Social Skills Training improves the Cognitive Dysfunctions and Adaptive Social Functions of Patients with Psychotic Syndromes”. A careful psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological evaluation was performed to measure the change of patients’ cognitive functioning at the beginning and at the end of Social Skills Training. Data obtained through a test-battery (WAIS-R, TMT, Verbal Fluency, Story Recall Test, Wisconsin, SAFE) were elaborated, and the results referred to I.Q. and to some Cognitive Functions and Adaptive Social Functions were examined.

Results and conclusions

The order of the percentage frequency of Improvements (after one year of SST) related to some Cognitive Functions and to some sub-tests of the WAIS-R is reported. Results referring to adaptive social functions are also discussed. There is need to define an integrated model of cognitive rehabilitation for optimizing Mental Health Service functioning.

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