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Authors: Wai-Tong Chien (The Hong Kong Polytechnics University, Hong Kong) 
Book Description:
The number of people with schizophrenia globally is estimated at about 35 million, of whom 20 million live in developing or less developed countries. Despite the rapid development in pharmacological and psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia, the dissemination of psychosocial interventions as usual practice within mental health services has been slow and patchy Specialized care and new early intervention services may be a means of engaging patients in community mental health services and reducing patients’ re-hospitalizations; however, limited evidence exists because of wide variations in implementation with little guidance or inadequate funding from the health authorities towards early detection, home treatment, and services to prevent relapse. Many newly invented neuroleptic drugs can give patients partial protection against environmental stress to the patients, but they need to be supplemented with a therapeutic social environment, especially a healthy and supportive family. However, the shortcomings of community care have produced many negative consequences for both the families and their mentally ill relatives, who are often coerced into the service to compensate for the deficiencies of the community care system. Thus, this book also addresses an important question of family care: “Are family intervention effective in promoting health and other benefits for families of people with schizophrenia?”

Table of Contents:


1. Literature Search Strategy, pp. 1-2

2. Stress in Family Caregiving, pp. 3-5

3. Concept of Family Burden, pp. 7-9

4. Importance of Family Intervention for Clients with Schizophrenia, pp. 11-12

5. Development of Family Interventions, pp. 13-17

6. Types of Family Intervention and Their Effectiveness, pp. 19-24
a. Family Psycho-education Programs
b. Behavioral Family Management
c. Multiple-Family Group Interventions
d. Family Education, Consultation or Supportive Counseling

7. Commonalities of Different Modes of Family Intervention, pp. 25-34
a. Relative Effectiveness of Different Modes of Family Intervention
b. Evidence on Effectiveness of Family Psycho-education
c. Evidence on Effectiveness of Multiple-Family Group Interventions

8. Family intervention for People with Schizophrenia and its Limitations, pp. 35-38

9. Emergence of Mutual Support Group as An Intervention for Family Carers, pp. 39-42

CONCLUSION, pp. 43-57


      Psychiatry - Theory, Applications and Treatments
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 - 2nd quarter
   Pages: 6 x 9
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-145-6
   Status: AV
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