Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Systematic Treatment of Persistent Psychosis (STOPP): A Psychological Approach to Facilitating Recovery in Young People with First-Episode Psychosis

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Systematic Treatment of Persistent Psychosis (STOPP): A Psychological Approach to Facilitating Recovery in Young People with First-Episode Psychosis

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Systematic Treatment of Persistent Psychosis (STOPP): a Psychological Approach to Facilitating Recovery in Young People with First-episode Psychosis Editors: Tanya Herrmann-Doig, Dana Maude, Jane Edwards Martin Dunitz, London, 2003 US$39.95; pp 96; ISBN: 1-84184-224-9

In this slim volume, the authors present a succinct how-to manual for practitioners who work with young people with refractory symptoms of first-episode psychosis. In her Preface, Jane Edwards sounds the keynote: "The onset of first-episode psychosis occurs commonly in late adolescence or early adulthood, a critical stage of development in terms of psychological and social functioning. The consequences of failure to respond to standard treatment can be profound, including alienation from family and peers; and disruption of educational, vocational, and occupational goals". The Systematic Treatment of Persistent Psychosis (STOPP) was developed by the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre in Melbourne, Australia, to provide intensive interventions for young people experiencing first-episode psychosis who are at risk of developing a chronic course of illness.

Chapter 1 discusses the potential benefits of comprehensive intervention for early psychosis in a young person, and flags the biopsychosocial context in which psychological therapies for first-episode psychosis should be provided. Chapter 2 briefly reviews the theoretical basis for psychological therapy for young people with psychosis, the strengths and limitations of cognitive-behavioural therapies with this target group, and the evolution of STOPP as a flexible combination of cognitive-behavioural approaches and psychodynamic or interpersonal understanding of psychosis.

Chapters 3 to 7 outline the components of the STOPP programme. …

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