Effects of family environment on negative symptoms and quality of life of psychotic patients

Halford, W. Kim, Schweitzer, Robert D., & Varghese, Frank T. (1991) Effects of family environment on negative symptoms and quality of life of psychotic patients. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(12), pp. 1241-1247.

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This study tested the hypothesis that negative symptoms and quality of life for patients with functional psychoses are associated with family environment. Fifty-seven first-admission patients with functional psychoses were assessed at hospital admission for severity of psychopathology and premorbid adjustment. Relatives residing with patients rated the family environment at admission and one month after discharge on the Family Environment Scale. Patients made the same ratings after discharge. Six months later, patients were reassessed on severity of psychopathology, negative symptoms, and quality of life. Multiple regression analyses showed that higher levels of positive emotional expressiveness in the family predicted milder and fewer negative symptoms and better quality of life at follow-up. The prediction was statistically independent of the initial severity of psychopathology or premorbid adjustment

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ID Code: 58617
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Publication changed to Psychiatric Services in 1995
Keywords: psychosis, family environment, symptoms, quality of life, premorbid adjustment
ISSN: 0022-1597
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: 25 Mar 2013 00:11
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 03:35

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