Even before we started MEICIS research and practice, we have been conducting research focusing on the role of motivation in early recovery in mental illness. In schizophrenia, motivation has been attracting attention not only for its pathophysiology as a core symptom of the disease, but also for its potential to promote the effects of cognitive rehabilitation. We are pleased to announce that our paper on effects of motivation domains on social functioning in schizophrenia has been accepted for publication in “Journal of Psychiatric Research.”
In the self-determination theory, motivation is divided into extrinsic motivation for rewards and punishments, intrinsic motivation for inherent interest and enjoyment, and amotivation which indicates a lack of any intention to act. In this paper, we assessed social functioning using the Social Functioning Scale, which can evaluate a broad area of social activities, and revealed that the social functioning in schizophrenia consisted of two factors: whether it includes interpersonal relationship or not. Furthermore, we found that each motivation domain could have different effects on each social functioning.
We would like to develop specific methods such as cognitive rehabilitation that take into account the role of each motivation in order to improve social functioning and ultimately recovery.
Journal: Journal of Psychiatric Research (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-psychiatric-research)
Title: Effects of motivation domains on social functioning in schizophrenia with consideration of the factor structure and confounding influences
Authors: Takashi Uchino, Takahiro Nemoto*, Akiko Kojima, Youji Takubo, Yumi Kotsuji, Eriko Yamaguchi, Taiju Yamaguchi, Naoyuki Katagiri, Naohisa Tsujino, Kuniaki Tanaka, Masafumi Mizuno (* Corresponding author)