Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 179–187

Effects of Family Interventions on Burden of Relatives of Psychiatric Patients in The Netherlands: A Pilot Study

  • Heleen Stam
  • Pim Cuijpers

DOI: 10.1023/A:1002717917019

Cite this article as:
Stam, H. & Cuijpers, P. Community Ment Health J (2001) 37: 179. doi:10.1023/A:1002717917019


In this study, the effects of psychoeducational family support groups in the Netherlands on relatives' burden were investigated, using a quasi-experimental design. The experimental group consisted of 119 participants of 19 family support groups, the control group of 45 relatives of once-only informational meetings. Subjects from both groups filled in a questionnaire before the group started and one year later. While controlling for confounding variables in multiple regression analyses, significant effects of family support groups were found on elements of burnout and burden.

effects of family interventionsburden of relatives of psychiatric patients

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heleen Stam
    • 1
  • Pim Cuijpers
    • 2
  1. 1.Trimbos InstituteNetherlands Institute of Mental Health and AddictionThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Trimbos InstituteNetherlands Institute of Mental Health and AddictionUtrechtThe Netherlands