ERIC Number: ED245151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Inpatient Family Intervention: A Preliminary Report on Six-Month Outcome.
Haas, Gretchen L.; And Others
Recent research suggests that family attitudes may be significant determinants of relapse and hospital readmission among both schizophrenics and hospitalized depressives. To assess the incremental effectiveness of inpatient family intervention within the context of treatment for schizophrenic disorder and major affective disorder patients, a 6-month community follow-up assessment was conducted with 71 of 130 patients participating in such an intervention program. Patients, who were divided into three diagnostic groups ("good" prehospital functioning schizophrenic, "poor" prehospital functioning schizophrenic, and major affective disorder), were subsequently assigned to two treatment conditions (multimodal hospital treatment or mulitmodal hospital treatment with inpatient family intervention--IFI). Patients and families assigned to IFI received a minimum of six family sessions focusing on communication, acceptance, and adaptation. The Global Assessment Scale and the Family Attitude Scale were administered to all participants at admission, discharge, and 6 months post-hospitalization. A preliminary analysis of the results showed a significantly better outcome for schizophrenic and major affective disorder patients treated with IFI than for those treated with the equivalent multimodal hospital treatment without IFI. A similar, though nonsignificant, trend was observed for patients in the other two diagnostic groups. (The appendices include a list of the criteria for inpatient family intervention and an outline of the treatment programs.) (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).