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Is It Ever Too Late to Learn? Information Provision to Relatives of Long-term Schizophrenia Sufferers

Sidley, G.L., Smith, Jo and Howells, K. (1991) Is It Ever Too Late to Learn? Information Provision to Relatives of Long-term Schizophrenia Sufferers. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 19 (4). pp. 305-320. ISSN Print 1352-4658 Online 1469-1833

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This pilot study describes the provision of information tailored to meet the needs of families caring for a chronic schizophrenic member. An existing education package (Smith and Birchwood, 1987) was adapted to give greater emphasis to negative symptoms, myths/stereotypes and “quality of life” issues. A range of outcome measures revealed that the “original” education package promoted a greater reduction in the level of family burden whereas the “modified” package tended to promote greater belief in the efficacy of medication. Both educational programmes were associated with significant gains in knowledge per se (but not in “functional knowledge”) and significant positive changes in families' beliefs about their own role in the treatment process. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: pilot study, provision of information, relatives of long-term Schizophrenia sufferers, Schizophrenia, education programmes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 11:50
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:19

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