Michelle S Friedman-Yakoobian

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Cognitive impairment is pervasive in schizophrenia and is a major cause of poor functioning and caregiver burden. However, there are few treatments specifically aimed at helping families cope with a relative's cognitive difficulties and reducing the effects of cognitive impairments on the client's daily functioning. Family-directed cognitive adaptation(More)
OBJECTIVE Longitudinal studies have begun to clarify the phenotypic characteristics of adolescents and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis. This 8-site randomized trial examined whether a 6-month program of family psychoeducation was effective in reducing the severity of attenuated positive and negative psychotic symptoms and enhancing(More)
OBJECTIVE Functional impairments are debilitating concomitants of psychotic disorders and are present early in the illness course and, commonly, prior to psychosis onset. The factors affecting social and role functioning in early psychosis (EP) following treatment are unclear. We evaluated whether six months of participation in the PREP(R), Boston, EP(More)
Recently, there has been increasing emphasis on early intervention (EI) for psychotic disorders. EI programs in public mental health settings have been established in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. However, there are relatively few EI programs in the United States (U.S.). Here we describe the conceptual origins and practical(More)
BACKGROUND Early intervention services for psychotic disorders optimally interlock strategies to deliver: (i) Early Detection (ED) to shorten the time between onset of psychotic symptoms and effective treatment (i.e. Duration of Untreated Psychosis, DUP); and (ii) comprehensive intervention during the subsequent 2 to 5 years. In the latter category, are(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was conducted to examine factors that may be targeted by psychoeducation programs in order to reduce distress and increase hope in family members of individuals with schizophrenia. METHOD Using separate stepwise multiple regressions, we examined the relationships among 51 family members' reactions to a loved one's illness(More)
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