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Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2008 Dec;43(12):947-52. doi: 10.1007/s00127-008-0392-3. Epub 2008 Jul 5.

Association between financial strain, social network and five-year recovery from first episode psychosis.

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  • 1Dept of Psychiatry, R & D Section, The Parachute Project, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


Despite much effort to positively affect long-term outcome in psychosis and schizophrenia many patients are still facing a poor outcome with persistent psychotic symptoms and decline in social functioning. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between financial strain and social network and five-year outcome of first episode psychosis (FEP). FEP patients were divided into recovered (n = 52) and non-recovered (n = 19). Each person was matched according to age and gender with four persons (n = 284) from a longitudinal population-based study. All persons had answered an extensive questionnaire including social network, quantitative and qualitative, financial strain and mental health. Linear regression analysis showed that both financial strain and social network were associated, and had a unique contribution, to outcome. The results indicate that FEP patients might benefit from interventions that reduce financial strain thus facilitating daily life and cultural and social activities.

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