Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Michel Hersen


Clinical researchers have recently emphasized focus on recovery from schizophrenia in treatment efficacy studies. This literature review provides an examination of the issue of recovery from schizophrenia and the extent to which social skills training (SST) fosters social recovery and complete recovery from schizophrenia. Social recovery involves improved social functioning with residential and economic independence, whereas complete recovery consists· of a return to premorbid functioning and absence of psychotic symptoms. Eleven SST studies published in the past decade were evaluated. SST appears to be effective in improving social skills, social functioning, positive symptomatology, and overall symptomatology. SST appears to foster the process of social recovery and complete recovery .