Observed family interaction and outcome in patients with first-admission psychoses

Halford, W. Kim, Steindl, Stanley, Varghese, Frank T., & Schweitzer, Robert (1999) Observed family interaction and outcome in patients with first-admission psychoses. Behavior Therapy, 30(4), pp. 555-580.

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Families of 52 first-admission patients diagnosed with a severe psychiatric disorder were videotaped interacting with the patient. Behavioral coding was used to derive several indices of interaction: base rates of positive and negative behavior by patients and relatives, cumulative affect of patients and relatives (the difference between the rates of positive and negative behaviors), and classification of families as affect-regulated or unregulated. Family-affect regulation reflects positive cumulative affect by both people in a given interaction. Six months after hospital discharge patients were assessed on occurrence of relapse, global functioning, severity of psychiatric symptoms, and quality of life. Relative to affect-unregulated family interaction, affect-regulated interaction predicted significantly fewer relapses, better global functioning, fewer positive and negative psychiatric symptoms, and higher patient quality of life. Most of the predictions by family-affect regulation were independent of

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ID Code: 56500
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: psychosis, family interaction, first admission, outcome, schizophrenia, bevioral coding
DOI: 10.1016/S0005-7894(99)80025-2
ISSN: 0005-7894
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2013 23:09
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2013 23:09

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