Attributions of symptomatology: An exploration of family factors associated with expressed emotion

Harrison C.A. and Dadds M.R. (1992) Attributions of symptomatology: An exploration of family factors associated with expressed emotion. Australasian Psychiatry, 26 3: 408-416. doi:10.3109/00048679209072063


Author Harrison C.A.
Dadds M.R.
Title Attributions of symptomatology: An exploration of family factors associated with expressed emotion
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048679209072063
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 408
End page 416
Total pages 9
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract This study explored family factors associated with Expressed Emotion (EE) in families with a member diagnosed with schizophrenia. Drawing on an attributional model of expressed emotion it was predicted that high EE relatives would have less knowledge of the illness and would attribute negative symptoms to the personality, rather than the illness, of the sufferer. Thirty-one caregivers of schizophrenic patients were interviewed. Results indicated that EE status was related to knowledge, coping and causal attributions of negative symptoms. Low EEs, as compared with High EEs, tended to have more knowledge of the illness and to cope better with the patient, and were less likely to attribute the cause of negative symptoms to the sufferer's personality. Support was therefore obtained for the utility of an attributional model in attempting to understand the determinants of levels of EE.
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