Evaluation of psychodynamic multi-family group therapy for psychiatric patients and their families. A proposal of a process-outcome assessment protocol

In the community perspective about the treatment of serious mental illness through the multi-family groups (Badaracco, 2004; Scholz & Asen, 2010), empirical research with psychiatric patients should focus, according to the literature (de Albuquerque et al., 2010; Karamlou et al. 2010), on the evaluation of correlation between outcome variables, therapeutic factors, perceived burden of care and characteristics of family’s structure, in order to understand what roles they play in mediating or moderating the change. Assuming this, the paper present a proposal of assessment protocol that’ve been tested in a multi-centre research project – held in some healthcare services in Lazio Region – on the evaluation of efficacy/effectiveness of multi-family groups.

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