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How Professionals View Multifamily Psychoeducation: A Qualitative Study
Malmö University.
Malmö University.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Malmö University.
2015 (English)In: Psychiatric quarterly, ISSN 0033-2720, E-ISSN 1573-6709, Vol. 87, no 2, 1-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Severe mental illness causes suffering for the patient as well as the patient’s immediate family. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has recommended the implementation of multifamily psychoeducation in order to assist patient and family in the recovery process. The aim of this study was to determine how introducing multifamily psychoeducation in Sweden has been viewed by professionals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 service providers, who were involved in evaluating multifamily psychoeducation. Our main findings fell under the headings of defensive culture and unsuitable model. Resistance to introducing the new intervention was found on multiple levels. The model proposed was considered too rigid for both the target group and the organizations because it could not be adjusted to the needs of patients, families, or facilitators. Despite good evidence for the effectiveness of the intervention, there were difficulties introducing the multifamily psychoeducation model in clinical practice. The feasibility of an intervention needs to be evaluated before adopting it as a national guideline.

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Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015. Vol. 87, no 2, 1-13 p.
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Clinical practice Family intervention, Mental health, policy, Psychoeducation, Severe mental illness, Sweden
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Social Psychology Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42320DOI: 10.1007/s11126-015-9401-3ISI: 000380005500008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84947903666OAI: diva2:933933
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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