Attachment style predicts 6-month improvement in psychoticism in persons with at-risk mental states for psychosis

Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 03/20/2012

The three attachment prototypes that predicted improvement in psychoticism share the existence of at least one positive psychological model. It may be that the psychosocial intervention helped attachment style predicted symptoms and functioning of at–risk mental state patients to disconfirm negative models and/or reinforce positive ones. Patients' attachment styles were not related to baseline clinical severity but impacted improvement of positive symptoms. These findings appear consistent with evidence that impaired self–esteem and dysfunctional self and others schemas constitute risk factors for reality distortion.

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