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Korean Journal of Schizophrenia Research 2013;16(2):62-68.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.16946/kjsr.2013.16.2.62    Published online October 31, 2013.
The Effect of a Short-Term Family Psychoeducation Program for Schizophrenia on Family Burden and Emotions Towards Patients.
Hyekyung Shin, Joocheol Shim, Bogeum Kong, Jewook Kang, Jungjoon Moon, Hyunjung Kim, Jungmin Kim, Eunchan Kang, Doun Jung
Department of Psychiatry, Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. gabriel.jdu@gmail.com
Abstract
OBJECTIVES
The aim of this study was to investigate continuously on how a short-term family psychoeducation program for schizophrenia would change the emotional stress and the knowledge of the family members.
METHODS
Subjects were the family members who participated in the short-term family psychoeducation program for schizophrenia. The participants were asked to fill out self-reporting forms for 3 times-before commencing the 6-week family education, immediately after completing the program, and 3 months after completing the program respectively.
RESULTS
A total of 46 subjects participated, and 20 of them responded to all questionnaires. Three months after the completion of psychoeducation, depression and anxiety subscale score among the General Health Questionnaire-28 decreased by 2.60 (p=0.04) and 2.20 (p=0.04) respectively. In caregiver burden criterion, the score decreased by 9.45 (p=0.04) in 3 months after completing the education. In knowledge about schizophrenia test, the score increased by 2.60 score (p<0.001), and this result was maintained after 3 months.
CONCLUSION
It was found that a short-term family education program for schizophrenia was effective not only in improving the knowledge on the disease but also in reducing anxiety and depression, and this effect was maintained immediately after the psychoeducation and so was it as time passed as well.
Key Words: Schizophrenia · Psychoeducation · Family-psychoeducation
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