Work Skills Training with Chronic Schizophrenic Sheltered Workers

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The applicability of a skills training approach toward increasing the productivity of chronic schizophrenic sheltered workers was examined. Thirty hospitalized schizophrenics attending an inpatient sheltered workshop were assigned to either work skills training (WST) or a standard treatment control group. Work skills training was provided in twice weekly 90-minute sessions for six weeks. Work skills training yielded significant increases in work productivity rates on a 10-minute time study, which were maintained through a one-month follow-up. The results also generalized to productivity in the sheltered workshop. Skills training is seen as an effective method for increasing work performance among chronic schizophrenics with functional deficits.

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