Evaluation of a peer-led mutual support group for Chinese families of people with schizophrenia

Chien, Wai-Tong, Thompson, David R. and Norman, Ian (2008) Evaluation of a peer-led mutual support group for Chinese families of people with schizophrenia. American Journal of Community Psychology, 42 1-2: 122-144. doi:10.1007/s10464-008-9178-8


Author Chien, Wai-Tong
Thompson, David R.
Norman, Ian
Title Evaluation of a peer-led mutual support group for Chinese families of people with schizophrenia
Journal name American Journal of Community Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-0562
1573-2770
Publication date 2008-09-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10464-008-9178-8
Open Access Status
Volume 42
Issue 1-2
Start page 122
End page 144
Total pages 23
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Language eng
Subject C1
920410 Mental Health
111707 Family Care
111714 Mental Health
Abstract Family interventions in schizophrenia have shown positive effects on patients but little attention has been paid to their effects on family members, particularly those in non-Western countries. This randomized controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of a bi-weekly, 12-session, family-led mutual support group for Chinese caregivers of schizophrenia sufferers over 6 months compared with standard psychiatric care. It was conducted with 76 families of outpatients with schizophrenia in Hong Kong of whom 38 were assigned randomly to either a mutual support group or standard care. Families’ psychosocial health status and patients’ symptom severity and length of re-hospitalizations at recruitment, one-week and 12-month post-intervention were compared between groups. Results of repeated-measures mixed model indicated that the mutual support group experienced significantly greater improvements in families’ burden, functioning and number of support persons and length of patients’ re-hospitalizations at two post-tests. The findings provide evidence that mutual support groups can be an effective family-initiated, community-based intervention for Chinese schizophrenia sufferers.
Keyword Mutual support group
Family caregivers
Schizophrenia
Chinese
Randomized controlled trial
Q-Index Code C1
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