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Does expressed emotion need to be understood within a more systemic framework? : an examination of discrepancies in appraisals between patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and their relatives.

Lobban, Fiona and Barrowclough, Christine and Jones, Steven H. (2006) Does expressed emotion need to be understood within a more systemic framework? : an examination of discrepancies in appraisals between patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and their relatives. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 41 (1). pp. 50-55. ISSN 0933-7954

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Abstract

Background This study examined the relationship between discrepancies in beliefs about schizophrenia and Expressed Emotion (EE) in family dyads. Method Illness beliefs were assessed in patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their relatives (N=49 dyads). The degree and the direction of discrepancy were calculated, and comparisons were made between dyads in which the relative was rated as high EE and dyads in which the relative was rated as low EE. Results There was greater discrepancy between illness models of schizophrenia in dyads involving a high-EE relative than in dyads involving a low-EE relative. This difference was not accounted for by the differences in either relatives' or patients' beliefs alone. Conclusion Further research is needed to understand EE in the context of discrepancies in beliefs between patients and relatives rather than focussing on relatives' beliefs alone.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Uncontrolled Keywords: illness beliefs - discrepancies - Expressed Emotion - schizophrenia - families
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 31914
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2010 09:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 15:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31914

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