Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 177–190 | Cite as

Designing psychoeducational services for spouses of persons with serious mental illness

  • Edie Mannion
  • Kim Mueser
  • Phyllis Solomon
Special Section: Families of the Mentally Ill


Psychoeducational and support groups for families of mentally ill adults may not be adequately addressing the needs of spouses with mentally ill partners. This paper describes a group psychoeducational approach which has been developed and implemented through collaboration between professionals and well spouses. The high attrition of spouses in a general family psychoeducational group was dramatically reduced in this spouse psychoeducational group. Significant improvements were found in well spouse knowledge about the illness and coping strategies, personal distress, and negative attitudes towards the ill spouse over the 3-month intervention and at 1-year followup. Implications for practitioners and researchers are discussed.


Public Health General Family Mental Illness Coping Strategy Support Group 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edie Mannion
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kim Mueser
    • 3
  • Phyllis Solomon
    • 4
  1. 1.Training and Education Center NetworkMental Health Association of Southeastern PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Graduate School, Department of Mental Health SciencesHahnemann UniversityPhiladelphia
  3. 3.Medical College of Pennsylvania at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric InstitutePhiladelphia
  4. 4.Section of Mental Health Services and Systems Research, Department of Mental Health SciencesHahnemann UniversityPhiladelphia

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