Positive living: A pilot study of group positive psychotherapy for people with schizophrenia

Piper S. Meyer, David P. Johnson, Acacia Parks, Colin Iwanski, David L. Penn

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Abstract

Positive psychology interventions target positive emotions in order to increase happiness, engagement in life, and well being while also ameliorating the impact of symptoms on a person's life. We examined an adapted version of group positive psychotherapy for people with schizophrenia (Positive Living (PL)) in a pilot study. Sixteen participants were recruited to participate in two separate PL groups and were assessed at baseline, post-intervention and at 3-month follow-up. We examined feasibility of this intervention in addition to a preliminary exploration of well-being outcomes including psychological well-being, hope, savoring, and self-esteem as well as clinically related outcomes including symptoms, psychological recovery, and social functioning. Findings indicate that the PL group was feasible and associated with possible improvements in psychological well-being, hope, savoring, psychological recovery, self-esteem, and psychiatric symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-248
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • intervention
  • positive psychology
  • recovery
  • schizophrenia

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