The first episode of psychosis: The experience of relatives

Addington, J., Coldham, E.L., Jones, B., Ko, T., & Addington, D. (2003) The first episode of psychosis: The experience of relatives. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 108(4), pp. 285-289.

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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.


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.


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.


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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ID Code: 90170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Eliana Coldham (E.L. Coldham) is the maiden name of Eliana Close
Keywords: Families, First episode, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Caregivers
DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2003.00153.x
ISSN: 1600-0447
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 Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2015 00:54
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 00:54

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