Objective – In our work with patients we want not only to impart some knowledge to them, but also to teach them certain skills they could use in the future. The following research questions were posed: Will the patients' participation in the behavioural training program "Return to the community" result in an increase in their knowledge and social skills level? Will the participants' treatment with II generation drugs result in their better social functioning (particularly in their increased knowledge and social skills) than that in a group of patients treated with a classical neuroleptics in comparable doses?
Subjects and method – Participants in the study were 60 patients with schizophrenia, 30 of them were treated with olanzapine, and the other 30 – with chlorpromazine.
Results – In the effect of the patients' participation in the "Return to the community" behavioural training program both their knowledge and social skills have increased. Treatment with olanzapine of the "Return to the community" program participants resulted in their significantly better social functioning, including a higher level of their knowledge and social skills.