Metacognitive training for negative symptoms: Support for the cognitive model

Linda Swanson*, Helen Griffiths, Steffen Moritz, Simon Cervenka

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Developing effective treatment options for negative symptoms of psychotic disorders remains a major unmet treatment need and area for further research. In a recent uncontrolled study by Swanson et al., (2021), Metacognition Training (MCT) for negative symptoms was found to lead to fewer negative symptoms, less stigma and increased self-rated reflective ability. As the analysis examined negative symptoms as a whole, we here performed an additional analysis on individual negative symptom items as recent research has suggested that negative symptoms are best conceptualised through a five-factor-model. It was found that the intervention led to changes specifically on sociality and blunted affect (with large effect sizes) which might reflect changes in both intra- and interpersonal (meta) cognitive processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Early online date9 Dec 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Dec 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • negative symptoms
  • metacognitive training
  • depression
  • stigma
  • mentalization


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