Denial and acceptance coping styles and medication adherence in schizophrenia

Stephanie Aldebot, Amy G. Weisman De Mamani

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Antipsychotics are often the first line of treatment for individuals with schizophrenia (). One challenge to effective treatment is lack of adherence to prescribed medication. Lower rates of adherence are associated with considerably higher rates of relapse and poorer course of illness. Therefore studying the characteristics that may be related to medication adherence is important. Coping styles may be one such factor. Individuals use a variety of coping mechanisms to manage and navigate difficult life events, including mental illness (). In the present study, 40 individuals with schizophrenia were assessed regarding their coping styles and medication adherence practices. As hypothesized, it was found that denial coping was inversely related to medication adherence. However, contrary to expectations, acceptance coping was not related to medication adherence. These findings suggest that targeting denial coping strategies in treatment may help foster more optimal strategies for managing schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-584
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Acceptance
  • Coping
  • Denial
  • Medication adherence
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine(all)


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