Development of the positive emotions program for schizophrenia: An intervention to improve pleasure and motivation in schizophrenia

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© 2016 Nguyen, Frobert, McCluskey, Golay, Bonsack and Favrod. Objectives: The efficacy of drug-based treatments and psychological interventions on the primary negative symptoms of schizophrenia remains limited. Recent literature has distinguished negative symptoms associated with a diminished capacity to experience, from those associated with a limited capacity for expression. The positive emotions program for schizophrenia (PEPS) is a new method that specifically aims to reduce the syndrome of a diminished capacity to experience. Methods: The intervention's vital ingredients were identified through a literature review of emotion in schizophrenia and positive psychology. The program has been beta-tested on various groups of health-care professionals. Results: A detailed description of the final version of PEPS is presented here. The French version of the program is freely downloadable. Conclusion: PEPS is a specific, short, easy to use, group-based intervention to improve pleasure, and motivation in schizophrenia. It was built considering a recovery-oriented approach to schizophrenia.

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Nguyen, A., Frobert, L., McCluskey, I., Golay, P., Bonsack, C., & Favrod, J. (2016). Development of the positive emotions program for schizophrenia: An intervention to improve pleasure and motivation in schizophrenia. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 7(FEB). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00013

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