The impact of first episode psychosis on sibling quality of life
Siann Bowman, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Darryl Wade, Linsey Howie, Patrick McGorry
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2014
PURPOSE: The adverse impact of first episode psychosis (FEP) upon parents' quality of life (QoL) has been well documented. However, the determinants and levels of QoL remain poorly understood in siblings of young people experiencing FEP. This study aimed to characterise and establish the predictors of QoL for siblings of young people with FEP. METHOD: Survey methodology was used to examine the experience of 157 siblings in the first 18 months of their brother or sister's treatment for FEP. The World Health Organisation Quality of Life Scale-Bref (WHOQOL-Bref) was used to assess siblings' QoL. A series of multivariate regression analyses were conducted to determine the relationships between i..View full abstract
Generous funding from the Anita Morawetz Family Therapy Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, supported this study. The authors wish to thank the study participants for their invaluable contributions to this research and the CR Roper Fellowship, University of Melbourne (Dr. Alvarez-Jimenez).