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The first episode of psychosis: the experience of relatives

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Addington J, Coldham EL, Jones B, Ko T, Addington D. The first episode of psychosis: the experience of relatives.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 108: 285–289. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective:

The aim was to determine the extent of and the correlates of the distress and impact of care families of patients with first episode psychosis were experiencing when they first came for treatment. Method:

Subjects were 238 individuals who had presented with a first episode of psychosis and their family members. Family members were assessed with the Psychological General Well-Being Scale, and the Experience of Caregiving Inventory. Patient data included assessment of positive and negative symptoms, depression, quality of life, and substance use. Results:

Family members of these first-episode patients were experiencing distress and difficulties. It was the family's appraisal of the impact of the illness that was associated with their psychological well-being. Conclusion:

As the majority of these first episode families are keen to be involved early and have engaged in an intervention programme, the next step should be an evaluation of their involvement to determine if it is effective.
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Keywords: caregivers; families; first episode; psychosis; schizophrenia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychiatry and 2: Psychosis Research Unit, University of Calgary, and 3: Early Psychosis Program, Calgary Health Region, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Publication date: 2003-10-01

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