Social Problem-Solving Interventions in the Treatment of Schizophrenia

  • Janet S. St. Lawrence


Schizophrenic diagnoses implicitly reflect ineffective interpersonal behavior and its consequences (Tisdelle & St. Lawrence, 1986). Competent social functioning involves the use of “identifiable, learned behaviors that individuals use in interpersonal situations to obtain or maintain reinforcement from others in their environment” (Kelly, 1982, p. 3). These global definitions of social competence subsume qualitatively different skills such as assertion, conversational skill, and interpersonal problem-solving adequacy. Competence levels for each skill subset may not correlate within individuals or be consistent across situations (Kelly, 1982). Thus, social competency is a multidimensional construct that needs to be further subdivided into specific behavioral skill units and components. Interpersonal problem solving is one subset of social competence with emotional and behavioral relevance for schizophrenia.


Schizophrenic Patient Social Competence Apply Behavior Analysis Interpersonal Problem Social Validation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet S. St. Lawrence
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyJackson State UniversityJacksonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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