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Research Article  |   March 1989
Teaching Stress Management Techniques to a Schizophrenic Patient
Author Affiliations
  • Franklin Stein, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Director of the Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
  • Suzanne Nikolic, OTR, is an occupational therapist at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Mental Health / Features
Research Article   |   March 1989
Teaching Stress Management Techniques to a Schizophrenic Patient
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1989, Vol. 43, 162-169. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.3.162
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1989, Vol. 43, 162-169. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.3.162
Abstract

This paper describes a stress management training program used with a 26-year-old schizophrenic man attending an outpatient day care program. In a seven-session program the patient was taught to use various techniques in muscle relaxation and biofeedback to decrease anxiety and to cope with stress. The patient’s improvement on 7 of the 20 items of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory demonstrated the effectiveness of even a short-term stress management program.