Breakout Minute with Francesca Bahn, PhD

Mindfulness is a growing area of research as an intervention for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder. Findings suggest mindfulness is effective in promoting functional recovery by improving the impact of negative symptoms of schizophrenia (Khoury et al., 2013). There is also evidence…

Breakout Minute with Francesca Bahn, PhD

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Mindfulness is a growing area of research as an intervention for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder. Findings suggest mindfulness is effective in promoting functional recovery by improving the impact of negative symptoms of schizophrenia (Khoury et al., 2013). There is also evidence music is effective in alleviating positive symptoms of psychosis (Silverman, 2003). Therefore, this study will integrate mindfulness practices with music appreciation to promote functional recovery, mental health wellness, and community engagement. Participants: Veterans ages 24-80 diagnosed with a Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder from the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Methods: 10-week group intervention that begins with a mindfulness activity, followed by a music appreciation activity, with outside assignment of attending a music event in the community. A pre- and post- measure of symptom-distress will be collected at each group meeting and community event. Anticipated results: Veterans will report a decrease in distress from positive, negative, and affective symptoms (DASS-21), and an increase in community engagement and quality of life (WHOQOL). Positive and negative symptom distress will be measured by subjective units of distress (SUDs). Implications: The aim is to solidify mindfulness as an effective intervention for schizophrenia as well as a functional recovery skill to be utilized in recovery programs for Veterans.

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