Designing psychoeducational services for spouses of persons with serious mental illness
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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.
KeywordsPublic Health General Family Mental Illness Coping Strategy Support Group
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