Chapter 8

Experiencing Psychosis: Schizophrenia Spectrum

Set H

Social Skills Training

A therapy for depression that assumes that depression in part results from an individual’s inability to communicate and socialize appropriately and that addressing these skill deficits should help to alleviate many of the symptoms of depression.

Sociogenic Hypothesis

The theory that individuals in low socioeconomic classes experience significantly more life stressors than individuals in higher socioeconomic classes, and these stressors are associated with unemployment, poor educational levels, crime and poverty generally.

Social-Selection Theory

Argues that there are more individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia in low socio-economic groups because after they have developed psychotic symptoms they will drift downwards into unemployment and low-achieving lifestyles.


A disorder of speech in which answers to questions may be tangential rather than relevant.

Tardive Dyskinesia

A disorder of motor movement.

Social Labelling

The theory that the development and maintenance of psychotic symptoms are influenced by the diagnosis itself.

Supported Employment

A special programme designed with a built-in support mechanism to help people with physical, mental or developmental disabilities reach and keep their customized vocational goals and objectives.

Supportive Family Management

A method of counselling in which group discussions are held where families share their experiences and which can help to provide reassurance and a network of social support.