Community involvement, planning and coping skills: pilot outcomes of a recreational-therapy intervention for adults with schizophrenia
Disability & Rehabilitation, 07/27/2012
Snethen G et al. – The project provides preliminary support for the Independence through Community Access and Navigation (I–CAN) as a participant–centered method for individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) to develop skills in the community.Methods
- Ten individuals consented to participate in a 10–week pilot intervention.
- Eight individuals participated in the intervention, during which time they worked with a recreational therapist to identify interest–based recreation activities, develop participation goals and coparticipate with the recreational therapist.
- At the end of the intervention, seven participants were involved in a semistructured interview to understand their perceptions of the intervention, including its outcomes and effectiveness.
- Therapists' notes and transcripts from the semistructured interviews were used to understand clients' perception of the intervention.
- Thematic analyses of seven exit interviews suggested the primary perceived outcomes of the intervention included: increased community involvement; development of planning skills; and the development of coping skills.
- These were facilitated by the therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist.