Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 289–297 | Cite as

Objective and subjective dimensions of family burden

Towards an integrative framework for research
  • A. H. Schene
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Summary

In this article the consequences for those in close contact with a severely disturbed psychiatric patient, the burden of the family, are elaborated within an integrative framework. Burden areas are described and their objective and subjective dimensions are distinquished. The framework comprises three approaches: the systems approach, role theory and the stress process. An outline of the more important burden instruments developed up to now and suggestions for further research are given.

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  • A. H. Schene
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  1. 1.Department of Ambulatory and Social PsychiatryUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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