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A behaviour sequence analysis of goal generation processes in a psychosis rehabilitation sample

Ropaj, E., Keatley, D.A., Dickson, J.M., Milroyd, C.J. and Taylor, P.J. (2021) A behaviour sequence analysis of goal generation processes in a psychosis rehabilitation sample. Psychosis .

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It is suggested that goals are hierarchically organised, with goals at the highest level representing fundamental values and motivations. These abstract goals are said to have a series of sub-goals which represent a means of reaching higher-level goals. While a number of studies have explored goals in the context of psychosis, little is known about idiographic goal generation processes in those experiencing psychosis.


Using a Behaviour Sequence Analysis approach, the aim of the current study was to assess the feasibility of the goal task for use with individuals experiencing psychosis. A total of 73 adults receiving care from UK rehabilitation services completed a goal task designed to elicit higher-level goals.


Results indicated that the goal task may be a feasible tool to support those experiencing psychosis to generate lower- and higher-level goals.


The goal task utilised in the current study may therefore be a valuable goal generation tool for use by clinicians.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Law and Criminology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: © 2021 The Authors.
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