Social and clinical factors influencing the choice of coping strategies in relatives of patients with schizophrenia: Results of the BIOMED I study

L. Magliano, G. Fadden, M. Economou, Miguel Xavier, T. Held, M. Guarneri, C. Marasco, P. Tosini, M. Maj

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Abstract

The impact of social and clinical factors on the choice of coping strategies of a sample of 236 relatives of patients with schizophrenia, living in five European countries, was explored using well-validated questionnaires. The adoption of problem-focused coping strategies was more frequent among young relatives and among relatives of younger patients, and was associated with higher levels of practical and emotional social support and of professional help. In contrast, emotion-focused strategies were more frequently adopted by relatives who had been living longer with the patient and who had poorer social support. It is suggested that supportive and educational interventions should be provided as early as possible to relatives of patients with schizophrenia, which, in addition to having a practical focus, should also have a social focus, aiming at extending the family's social network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume33
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998

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