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Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Family Interventions$
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Jacqueline Corcoran

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149524

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149524.001.0001

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Multiple-Family Psychoeducational Group for the Parents of Persons with Schizophrenia

Multiple-Family Psychoeducational Group for the Parents of Persons with Schizophrenia

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(p.263) 10 Multiple-Family Psychoeducational Group for the Parents of Persons with Schizophrenia
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Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Family Interventions
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Joseph Walsh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149524.003.0010

This chapter discusses multiple family psychoeducational group interventions and their rationale for use with the family members of persons who have schizophrenia. Psychoeducation offered in multiple family groups (MFGs) for schizophrenia can be helpful in decreasing stress to family caregivers of people with severe mental illness and preventing relapse and hospitalization. Common group topics include theories of schizophrenia, its course, the positive and adverse effects of medications, the relationship between stress and symptoms, available resources for persons with schizophrenia and their families, the nature of professional interventions, managing family emotional responses to the illness, and mobilizing strengths for improved family functioning. The group process, as exemplified through a case study, is intended to help families experience less burden and stress, reduce their sense of stigma, help them assist each other with parenting, and normalize their communications.

Keywords:   severe mental illness, family, caregivers, multiple family groups, psychoeducation

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