, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 179-187

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

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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.