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Schizophr Bull. 1995;21(4):631-43.

Family interventions for schizophrenia.

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  • 1Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201, USA.


This article reviews the existing evidence for the efficacy and effectiveness of psychoeducational family interventions in the treatment of persons with schizophrenia. There is substantial evidence that psychoeducational family interventions reduce the rate of patient relapse. There is suggestive, though not conclusive, evidence that these interventions improve patient functioning and family well-being. Interventions with multifamily groups that include the patient may be of superior benefit for subgroups of patients. More research is necessary to determine the critical ingredients of family interventions, to expand the groups of patients included in these studies, and to evaluate a broader range of outcomes.

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