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Access Type

WSU Access

Date of Award

1-1-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Steven Ondersma

Second Advisor

Emily Grekin

Abstract

Despite the documented efficacy of medication treatments for individuals suffering from schizophrenia, many individuals suffering from this disorder are unable or unwilling to adhere to their medication regimen. This may be due to the inability of providers to differentially address the individual motivation levels of their patients. The few interventions that have shown promise are both costly and difficult to disseminate. The current study is a randomized controlled trial which utilizes motivational interviewing, delivered with an interactive computer based delivery system to address attitudes about adherence. Feasibility, acceptability and efficacy were examined as outcomes. While both feasibility and efficacy were shown to be strong indicators that this is a viable way to reach this population, there was no significant increase in attitudes surrounding adherence.