1993 issue 4

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Volume 2, issue 4

Badania

The effect of family-therapist co-operation on the course of ilness and social functioning of patients with chronic schizophrenic disorders

KATARZYNA MUSKAT1, MAŁGORZATA BACIA-OTTO1, ALEKSANDRA KÜHN-DYMECKA1, Jacek Wciórka1
1. I Kliniki Psychiatrycznej IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1993, 2, 443-453
Keywords: schizophrenia, family cooperation, course of illness, social functioning

Abstract

In the paper four groups of patients with chronic schizophrenic syndromes were compared in terms of the course of illness and the patients functioning in the daily life. The groups were distinguished with respect to duration and regularity of the patient's family co-operation with therapist. The therapeutic work with the families turned out to be related to the following variables studied: duration of the patient's stay in the Day Hospital (longer), dynamics of productive symptoms, patient's criticism toward his illness (increased), number of readmissions after the hospitalization episode under study (lower). As regards patients' social functioning family cooperativeness was found to be associated with the patient's increased self-dependence, as well as with his more frequent and closer interpersonal contacts.

Address for correspondence:
Mgr Katarzyna Muskat, Ośrodek Terapeutyczny, l Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
ul. Grottgera 25a, 00-785 Warszawa.