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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


Purpose:

Integrated Coping and Awareness Therapy is a novel therapeutic intervention combining strategies to improve stress reactivity and increase meaningful coping, as well as a range of possible proximal (e.g. immune indices of stress reactivity, symptom severity) and distal measures (e.g. relapse, quality of life).


Study summary:

Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating disorders that often results in a lack of functional recovery. Current treatments focused on remediating symptoms have shown only small successes in a return to functioning despite evidence of a dysregulated stress response. There is a fundamental gap in understanding the impact of allostatic overload in persons with schizophrenia that the investigators theorize is associated with deficits in functioning and with an increased vulnerability and relapse risk. The long-term goal is to test an intervention aimed at improving stress reactivity. The objective in this application is to develop and test the feasibility of a novel therapeutic intervention combining strategies to improve stress reactivity and increase meaningful coping. The central hypothesis is that an intervention that improves stress reactivity as measured proximally by endocrine, immune, and autonomic indices will result in improved adaptive capacity, better role functioning, reduced risk of relapse, and decreased likelihood of disability for people in the early stages of schizophrenia. The rationale for the proposed research is that stress reactivity may be a modifiable risk factor underlying functional deficits in schizophrenia. The intervention integrates two treatment approaches. The first is based on research showing that mindfulness meditation practice is associated with alterations in the neural processing of stressful events and targets adaptive responses to stress. The second focuses on providing a buffer against stress by using the self-generation of adaptive emotions with a positive psychology intervention, which is potentially associated with building protective social resources. These complimentary interventions provide a comprehensive synergistic approach for this population that could lead to more adaptive coping responses and create a buffer against stress.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Current or past diagnosis of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder. - Has been receiving treatment for psychosis or taking medication for psychosis for less than 5 years. Exclusion Criteria: - Has been hospitalized in the last 3 months. - Currently practicing meditation - Current dependence on alcohol or drugs. - History of significant neurological disorder. - History of serious head injury (i.e., loss of consciousness longer than 15 minutes, no neuropsychological sequelae, no cognitive rehabilitation treatment post head injury). - Illiteracy. - Sensory limitation including visual (e.g., blindness, glaucoma, vision uncorrectable to 20/40) or hearing (e.g. hearing loss) impairments.


NCT ID:

NCT02400502


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Diana O Perkins, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 23, 2017

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