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Specific and Non-specific Effects of Educational Intervention for Families Living with Schizophrenia. A Comparison of Three Methods

Birchwood, M. and Smith, Jo and Cochrane, R. (1992) Specific and Non-specific Effects of Educational Intervention for Families Living with Schizophrenia. A Comparison of Three Methods. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 160 (6). pp. 806-814. ISSN Print: 0007-1250 Online: 1472-1465

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Abstract

Three methods of delivering an educational intervention to families living with a schizophrenic relative were compared in terms of their efficacy in improving understanding and promoting family and patient well-being. Relatives receiving education in a group acquired more information than relatives receiving information by post or on video, but these differences were not maintained at six-month follow-up. The inclusion of homework assignments did not significantly affect gains in knowledge or any of the non-specific effects observed. The intervention overall led to considerable gains in knowledge, increased optimism concerning the family's role in treatment, and reductions in relatives' stress, which were maintained at follow-up. Fear was reduced in the short-term. Significant improvements in social function were observed at follow-up. The results suggest that the delivery of information, rather than the mode of delivery, is the crucial element in the intervention; however, the additional contextual factors operating in a group may be important if the full potential of education is to be realised.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: delivering educational intervention, families living with a schizophrenic relative, improving understanding and promoting family and patient well-being, information delivery, schizophrenia
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 11:49
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 12:33
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5832

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