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Patients' Perceptions of Family Emotional Climate and Outcome in Schizophrenia

  • Malca B. Lebell (a1), Stephen R. Marder (a2), Jim Mintz (a3), Lois I. Mintz (a4), Martha Tompson (a5), William Wirshing (a6), Kathleen Johnston-Cronk (a7) and Joanne McKenzie (a1)...

Abstract

Thirty-nine chronic schizophrenic male out-patients and their relatives were interviewed separately to assess their perceptions of their current relationships. Two simple 5-point rating scales predicted the risk of psychotic exacerbation during a one-year follow-up: patients' perceptions of the relatives' attitudes towards them, and patients' own attitudes towards the relatives. Survival analysis of data in a 2 × 2 factorial - combining degree of contact with the key relatives and the patients' perceptions of their relatives - found that patients in frequent contact with a positively perceived relative had significantly better survival rates without psychotic exacerbation. Patients' perceptions of their relatives may help identify patients at risk of exacerbation of their illness.

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West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Brentwood Division, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Building 210, Room 15, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA

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Patients' Perceptions of Family Emotional Climate and Outcome in Schizophrenia

  • Malca B. Lebell (a1), Stephen R. Marder (a2), Jim Mintz (a3), Lois I. Mintz (a4), Martha Tompson (a5), William Wirshing (a6), Kathleen Johnston-Cronk (a7) and Joanne McKenzie (a1)...
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