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Development of the Positive Emotions Program for Schizophrenia (PEPS): an intervention to improve pleasure and motivation in schizophrenia

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Nguyen Alexandra, Frobert Laurent, McCluskey Iannis, Golay Philippe, Bonsack Charles, Favrod Jérôme,
Project Positive Emotions Program for Schizophrenia (PEPS): a randomized controlled study on improving pleasure and motivation in schizophrenia
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Frontiers in psychiatry
Volume (Issue) 7
Page(s) 13
Title of proceedings Frontiers in psychiatry
DOI 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00013

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


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