Coping Strategies & Self-stigma In Patients With Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

Research Summary | September 11, 2017

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Key Messages

  • This study explored the relationship between self-stigma, coping strategies, and subjective assessment of psychopathology in patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.
  • Compared with the general population, patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders more frequently employed negative coping strategies. Individuals who rated their disorder as more severe were more likely to use negative coping strategies.
  • An increased subjective assessment of severity was associated with a higher degree of self-stigma.
  • Self-stigma was associated with the use of negative coping strategies, and vice versa; conversely, patients who employed more positive coping strategies experienced a lower level of self-stigma.
  • The authors suggested that efforts to reduce negative coping strategies and encourage positive coping strategies may play an important role in a patient’s treatment plan.

The following is a summary of Holubova M, Prasko J, Hruby R, et al. Coping strategies and self-stigma in patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2016;10:1151−58, which was developed independently of the article authors. Background Life stress and lack of positive coping strategies are important contributors to the onset of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, course of…

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