Camberwell Interview for Assessing Expressed Emotion in Families
Name and Type of Measure
The Camberwell Family Interview (CFI) is a semi-structured interview measuring expressed emotion (EE) in families.
The Camberwell Family Interview (CFI; Vaughn and Leff 1976) is a semi-structured interview that is considered the gold standard measure of expressed emotion (EE) in families of individuals with mental health problems. Originally designed for patients with schizophrenia, the CFI is conducted with key family members and focuses on the impact of the identified client’s condition on the daily life of the family. High expressed emotion in families is a significant predictor of symptomatic relapse and other negative outcomes for individuals across a range of emotional, behavioral, and thought disorders.
The CFI administration takes place without the patient present and is recorded so that it can later be coded on five domains: criticism, hostility, warmth, positive comments, and emotional over-involvement. An overall high or low-EE...
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