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The Camberwell-Family-Interview as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tool

  • Charlotte Köttgen
  • Karin Mollenhauer
  • Ines Sönnichsen
  • Roland Jurth
  • Iver Hand

Abstract

We are presenting preliminary results from a research project in Hamburg on diagnosis and therapy with young, relapse prone schizophrenic patients and their relatives.+ Using the Camberwell-Family-Interview we made an attempt to identify patients who are in contact or are living with high-emotional-involved (high-EE) relatives. These patients are more than others expected to be relapse prone (BROWN, 1968, 1972; VAUGHN and LEFF, 1976; VAUGHN et al., 1982). During the last 30 months (1980–1983) we have interviewed with the Present-State-Examination (PSE) 120 patients who were clinically diagnosed as schizophrenics. 52 patients and their families were selected by the following criteria: Presence of nuclear symptoms during the last 4 weeks (PSE); age 18–30 years; maximum duration of illness 3 years; maximum duration of hospitalisation (total) 1 year; no more than 3 admissions before; key relatives available. 29 patients were from families with at least 1 high-EE relative (according to the CFI-rating). Half of them were included in therapy-groups (patients- and relative-groups). The other half and patients from low-EE families were observed as controls. CFI and PSE were repeated after 1/2, 11/2 and after 21/2 years. A special relapse rating interview is done 9 months and 2 years after discharge.

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Maximum Duration British Study Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder British Sample California Study 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charlotte Köttgen
    • 1
  • Karin Mollenhauer
    • 1
  • Ines Sönnichsen
    • 1
  • Roland Jurth
    • 1
  • Iver Hand
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychiatrische und NervenklinikUniversitätsklinik Hamburg-EppendorfHamburg 20Germany

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