Narrative enhancement and cognitive therapy (NECT) effectiveness: A quasi-experimental study

David Roe, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Michal Mashiach-Eizenberg, Oren Derhy, Paul H. Lysaker, Philip T. Yanos

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Objective: Accumulated evidence suggests that approximately one third of people with a serious mental illness (SMI) experience elevated self-stigma. Narrative enhancement and cognitive therapy (NECT) is a structured group-based intervention aimed to reduce self-stigma. The current study aims to examine the effectiveness of NECT. A quasi-experimental design. Design: Baseline and follow-up data were collected and outcomes were compared between 63 persons with SMI who participated in NECT and 56 persons who received treatment as usual. Results: The NECT treatment group showed significant (p < .05) reductions in self-stigma and increases in self-esteem, quality of life, and Hope-Agency scores between pre- and posttreatment assessments, compared with the control group. Conclusions: The current results provide preliminary support for the use of NECT as an effective treatment to reduce self-stigma and its implications for treatment and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Recovery
  • Self-stigma
  • Serious mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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