The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Psycho-Educational Program on Insight and Socio Occupational Functioning of Schizophrenic Patients
Keywords:Mindfulness-based psych educational program, cognitive insight, Socio occupational functioning, schizophrenia.
Background: Schizophrenia causes many difficulties in the lives of patients because it is a chronic disease
that reduces the mindfulness, causes disability, low insight, loss of social and vocational skills, and continues
with relapses. psychoeducation in either an individual or group format, on a fortnightly to monthly basis,
should be offered to patients with schizophrenia as it is consistently effective in patients' awareness of
and insight into their schizophrenia and other functional outcomes. Mindfulness-based intervention helps
patients with schizophrenia relate differently to their psychotic experiences by opening their awareness and
non-judgmental acceptance and allow a more adaptive strategy of coping and control over those psychotic
symptoms to be used by patients with schizophrenia.
Aim of the Study: The study aimed to assess the effect of mindfulness-based psychoeducation program on
insight and socio-occupational functioning of schizophrenic patients.
Method: A quasi-experimental research design with a pretest-posttest is used to achieve the aim of the study.
The study was conducted at The Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment Hospital in Meet-Khalaf that affiliated
to the Ministry of Health at Menoufia Governorate, Egypt. A convince sample of 58 schizophrenic patients
from inpatient of the above-mentioned setting was recruited for this study. The study sample was divided
into two groups 30 patients in the case group and 28 patients in control. Three tools were used; Structured
interview questionnaire, Beck Cognitive Insight Scale (BCIS) and Socio-Occupational Functioning Scale
Results: The results of this study revealed that there a was a significant decrease of mean Socio occupational
functioning scale score in the study group after intervention than before (38.56±3.1 to be 28.23). Also, there
was a highly statistically significant difference found in the cognitive insight scale and its subscales score
among study groups pre and post-intervention.
Conclusion: Mindfulness-based intervention have increased the cognitive insight and socio occupational
functioning of the patients in the study group.
Recommendation: Mindfulness-based psych educational program should be implemented as a routine care
for all schizophrenic patients.