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Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

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145. Daily Effort towards Social Goals in Schizophrenia: Findings from the Motivation and Skills Support (MASS) Smartphone Application

People with schizophrenia (SZ) tend to independently set goals that are less social in nature compared to healthy controls (Gard et al., 2014). However, the extent to which people with SZ lack the opportunity or drive to pursue social goals and the extent to which they exert less effort in the social domain remains unclear. In this study, participants with SZ (target n = 30) are provided with the Motivation and Skills Support (MASS) smartphone application, a digital intervention targeting social skills and social motivation. Participants complete baseline assessments and select a social goal (e.g., make a new friend) to pursue for the duration of the study. For 8 weeks, participants are sent twice-daily surveys via the MASS app. Surveys include questions about motivation, anticipated goal progress, and actual goal progress. We will explore the relationship between anticipated and actual goal progress, (i.e., comparing anticipated progress at time 1 with actual progress at time 2) over the course of the intervention. We predict negative symptoms will be positively correlated with reduced anticipated and actual social goal progress. These findings will help clarify the relationships between negative symptoms, effort, and feelings of motivation in people with SZ in the social domain.

Kathryn Gill
Boston University

Jasmine Mote
Boston University

Jessica Mow
Boston University

Lawrence Leung
San Francisco State University

David Gard
San Francisco State University

Kim Mueser
Boston University

Daniel Fulford
Boston University

 


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