The Evaluation of the Emotional Climate in the Families of Cardiac Surgery Patients

  • G. Invernizzi
  • R. Basile
  • A. Passerini
  • N. Calchi Novati
  • C. Bressi
  • A. Repossini
  • P. Biglioli

Abstract

Some authors have particularly stressed that, in order to obtain a good postoperative adaptation, in the short and in the long run, you need a caretaker for the patient as well as valid family relationships. The research on EXPRESSED EMOTION [1] (E.E.) has tried to answer this problem and provided an instrument of investigation, the Camberwell Family Interview (C.F.I.) [2, 3]. The Expressed Emotion (EE) methodology has until now been considered a very useful tool to evaluate the “temperature” of families with psychological problems. Actually, an important conceptual shift is now in progress. EE is being used more and more with different pathologies. Here we consider the usefulness of the EE measurement in evaluating families of patients with severe coronary artery pathology, surgically treated. Environmental pressures are, in fact, distressing factors that can affect the course of such pathology.

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    C. Maffei, G. Cereda, C. Bressi, P. Bertrando, S. Ciussani, C. Da Ponte, and C.L. Cazzullo, Expressed Emotion (EE): rassegna storica e prospettive teoriche. Rivista sperimentale di freniatria, Vol. CX, Fasc. 1, 1986.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Invernizzi
    • 1
  • R. Basile
    • 1
  • A. Passerini
    • 1
  • N. Calchi Novati
    • 1
  • C. Bressi
    • 1
  • A. Repossini
    • 1
  • P. Biglioli
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto Di Clinica PsichiatricaMilanoItaly

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