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Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Jan;55(1):35-41.

Impact of multiple-family groups for outpatients with schizophrenia on caregivers' distress and resources.

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  • 1Washington Institute for Mental Illness: Research and Training, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington 99210-1495, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of multiple-family group treatment on distress and psychosocial resources among family caregivers of persons with schizophrenia.

METHODS:

A total of 97 consumers with schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder and their caregivers were randomly assigned to receive multiple-family group treatment (N=53) or standard psychiatric outpatient care (N=44). Reliable and valid measures were used to assess caregivers' distress, caregivers' resources, and consumers' clinical status.

RESULTS:

After consumers' clinical status and baseline rates of caregivers' distress and caregivers' resources were controlled for, the caregivers of consumers who received multiple-family group treatment experienced greater reductions in distress but no increases in resources compared with caregivers of consumers who received standard psychiatric care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Multiple-family group treatment reduced caregivers' distress but did not increase caregivers' resources relative to standard psychiatric care.

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PMID:
14699198
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