Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton


Behavioral family therapy will decrease the severity of early warning signs being reported by the patient with an Axis I diagnosis of schizophrenia. This study was conducted to find out what effect, if any, behavioral family therapy would have on the reduction in severity of early warning signs reported by a person with schizophrenia currently involved in outpatient treatment. The research design employed in this study was an A-B single subject research design. One of the main reasons this design was utilized were the time constraints within which the author had to work. Findings supported a decline in the severity of early warning signs that were sustained for a long period of time. However, it cannot be safely assumed that the intervention accounted for the change which occurred in the reporting behavior.

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