Coping with Psychotic Symptoms in the Early Phases of Schizophrenia


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Putnam Hall-South Campus, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8790 [E-mail:]


How people diagnosed with schizophrenia cope with positive symptoms after their first hospitalization is explored, along with the relationship of their coping strategies to their psychosocial functioning. The strategies most frequently endorsed were cognitive in type, while those considered most helpful were behavioral. Respondents identifying an active strategy as most helpful displayed better psychosocial functioning at 24-month follow-up.