Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 128–133

The psychological well-being of family members of individuals with schizophrenia

  • L. Martens
  • J. Addington

DOI: 10.1007/s001270050301

Cite this article as:
Martens, L. & Addington, J. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (2001) 36: 128. doi:10.1007/s001270050301


Background: The purpose of the study was to attempt to understand the experience of family members of individuals with schizophrenia. More specifically, we wanted to determine whether a measure of caregiving would be a stronger predictor of the psychological well-being of families who have a member with schizophrenia than a measure of burden. Method: Forty-one family members of 30 individuals with schizophrenia were recruited. A measure of burden, a measure of the experience of caregiving, and the duration of the illness were used to determine the best predictor of psychological well-being. Results: Regression analyses indicated that the strongest predictor of psychological well-being was the negative scale of the Experience of Caregiving Inventory (ECI). There was also a significant relationship between poor psychological well-being and short duration of illness. Conclusions: The findings of the study indicated that family members are significantly distressed as a result of having a family member with schizophrenia. There is support for using newer scales, like the ECI. Furthermore, increased family support is required in the early stages of the illness.

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Martens
    • 1
  • J. Addington
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaCA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaCA
  3. 3.Psychosis Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Foothills Hospital, 1403 29th Street, NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 2T9CA