Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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