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The effect of a brief family intervention on primary carer's functioning and their schizophrenic relatives levels of psychopathology in India

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Abstract


  • This study examined the short term effects of a brief familial intervention on schizophrenic the patient’s

    levels of psychopathology and their primary caregiver’s functioning in India. Caregiver functioning was

    measured by the caregiver’s levels of burden and coping along with the patient’s perceived level of

    expressed emotion (EE). The participants were 18 schizophrenic patients and their related primary carer

    from a medical facility in India. The patients’ levels of psychopathology and EE were assessed at baseline

    and at completion of the study with the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS; Kay et al., 1987)

    and the Family Emotional Involvement And Criticism Scale (FEICS; Shields et al., 1992), respectively. The

    primary caregiver’s levels of burden and coping were also measured at baseline and upon completion of

    the study by the Burden Assessment Scale (BAS; Thara et al., 1998) and the Family Crisis Oriented

    Personal Evaluation Scale (F-COPES; McCubbin et al., 1981), respectively. The brief intervention was

    comprised of 3 one hour sessions aimed at educating the primary caregiver and patient about

    schizophrenia; along with improving their communication, problem solving skills and expression of

    emotions. A significant improvement was found between baseline and the final 3-month follow-up on

    measures of psychopathology for the patients, as well as family functioning for both the caregivers and

    patients. The implications of the findings are discussed, along with future research directions.

UOW Authors


  •   Devaramane, Virupaksha (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh
  •   Vella, Shae-Leigh (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Devaramane, V., Pai, N. B. & Vella, S. (2011). The effect of a brief family intervention on primary carer's functioning and their schizophrenic relatives levels of psychopathology in India. Asian Journal Psychiatry, 4 (3), 183-187.

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  • 2-s2.0-80052968996

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1073&context=medpapers

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Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 183

End Page


  • 187

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • This study examined the short term effects of a brief familial intervention on schizophrenic the patient’s

    levels of psychopathology and their primary caregiver’s functioning in India. Caregiver functioning was

    measured by the caregiver’s levels of burden and coping along with the patient’s perceived level of

    expressed emotion (EE). The participants were 18 schizophrenic patients and their related primary carer

    from a medical facility in India. The patients’ levels of psychopathology and EE were assessed at baseline

    and at completion of the study with the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS; Kay et al., 1987)

    and the Family Emotional Involvement And Criticism Scale (FEICS; Shields et al., 1992), respectively. The

    primary caregiver’s levels of burden and coping were also measured at baseline and upon completion of

    the study by the Burden Assessment Scale (BAS; Thara et al., 1998) and the Family Crisis Oriented

    Personal Evaluation Scale (F-COPES; McCubbin et al., 1981), respectively. The brief intervention was

    comprised of 3 one hour sessions aimed at educating the primary caregiver and patient about

    schizophrenia; along with improving their communication, problem solving skills and expression of

    emotions. A significant improvement was found between baseline and the final 3-month follow-up on

    measures of psychopathology for the patients, as well as family functioning for both the caregivers and

    patients. The implications of the findings are discussed, along with future research directions.

UOW Authors


  •   Devaramane, Virupaksha (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh
  •   Vella, Shae-Leigh (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Devaramane, V., Pai, N. B. & Vella, S. (2011). The effect of a brief family intervention on primary carer's functioning and their schizophrenic relatives levels of psychopathology in India. Asian Journal Psychiatry, 4 (3), 183-187.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052968996

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1073&context=medpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/69

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 183

End Page


  • 187

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 3