Psychological Treatments: Family Therapy

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  • Family Therapy
    • Aim: Develop a cooperative and trusting relationship in the family 
    • Information about the cause, course and symptoms of SZ is provided
      • All family members share their experiences of SZ 
      • Develop practical coping skills that enable everyone manage having SZ in the family.
      • Learn more constructive ways of communicating and interacting 
      • encouraged to find ways of expressing this other than with high EE. 
      • Everyone taught to recognise signs of relapse to respond quickly.
    • Lasts approx 3-12 months
      • P - There's evidence to support the effectiveness.
        • E - Pharaoh (2010) conducted a meta-analysis of 53 trials from Europe, Asia and North America comparing family intervention therapy and standard care.
          • E - Concluded that family intervention decreases the frequency of relapse, reduces the chance of hospital admissions and encourages compliance with medication.
            • L - This means it appears to be a useful treatment.
      • P - There're economic implications of psychological treatments for SZ.
        • E - Drug therapies tend to be cheaper than psychological therapies as they don't require regular therapy appointments.
          • E - However, psychological therapies have led to a reduction in relapse rates and hospital stays which can be very costly to the economy.
            • L - This means that psychological treatments for SZ have a positive impact on the economy as it provides a more long-term strategy for relapse avoidance.
      • P - Is not always suitable treatment.
        • E - If a person has severe delusions and hallucinations, the may find it difficult to attend family therapies.
          • E - The therapy is only suitable for people who live in a family set up and are motivated to attend therapy.
            • L - This means that family therapy is not appropriate for all people with SZ
      • P - There are other treatments (biological)
        • E - Psychological therapies are usually used in conjunction with antipsychotic medication as drugs increase the likelihood of patients complying with their psychological treatment programme.
          • L - This means that psychological treatments aren't the only effective treatment of SZ.


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