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Specific and Non-specific Effects of Educational Intervention with Families Living with a Schizophrenic Relative

Smith, Jo and Birchwood, M. (1987) Specific and Non-specific Effects of Educational Intervention with Families Living with a Schizophrenic Relative. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 150 (5). pp. 645-652. ISSN Print: 0007-1250 Online: 1472-1465

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Abstract

A brief educational intervention with families living with a schizophrenic relative is described and evaluated in terms of benefits for relatives' well-being and patient recovery. Education led to considerable knowledge gains and to reductions in relatives' reported stress symptoms and fear of the patient. There was a trend for relatives to be more optimistic concerning their role in treatment. At 6 months follow-up, only knowledge gains were maintained; however, relatives' perceptions of family burden were significantly reduced. The evidence suggests that family education may be useful both as a cost-effective intervention in its own right and in facilitating a more receptive attitude to subsequent family intervention.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: educational intervention, families, schizophrenic relative, patient recovery, relatives' well-being, family education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 14:53
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 07:45
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5840

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