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

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  • Esmira Ropaj
  • David A. Keatley
  • Joanne M. Dickson
  • Corinna J. Milroy
  • Peter J. Taylor
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/01/2023
Issue number1
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)89-99
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date26/11/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.