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

Joseph Walsh

in Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Family Interventions

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195149524
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149524.003.0010
 Multiple-Family Psychoeducational Group for the Parents of Persons with Schizophrenia

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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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