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Korean J Schizophr Res. 2013 Oct;16(2):62-68. Korean.
Published online October 31, 2013.
Copyright © 2013 Korean Society for Schizophrenia
The Effect of a Short-Term Family Psychoeducation Program for Schizophrenia on Family Burden and Emotions Towards Patients
Hyekyung Shin, MD, Joocheol Shim, MD, PhD, Bogeum Kong, MD, PhD, Jewook Kang, MD, PhD, Jungjoon Moon, MD, Hyunjung Kim, MD, Jungmin Kim, MD, Eunchan Kang, MD and Doun Jung, MD, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.

Address for correspondence: Doun Jung, Department of Psychiatry, Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, 633-165 Gaegum-Dong, Busanjin-Gu, Busan 614-735, Korea. Tel: 051-890-6189, Fax: 051-894-2532, Email:
Received May 15, 2013; Revised September 03, 2013; Accepted September 06, 2013.



The aim of this study was to investigate continuously on how a short-term family psychoeducation program for schizophrenia would change the emotional stress and the knowledge of the family members.


Subjects were the family members who participated in the short-term family psychoeducation program for schizophrenia. The participants were asked to fill out self-reporting forms for 3 times-before commencing the 6-week family education, immediately after completing the program, and 3 months after completing the program respectively.


A total of 46 subjects participated, and 20 of them responded to all questionnaires. Three months after the completion of psychoeducation, depression and anxiety subscale score among the General Health Questionnaire-28 decreased by 2.60 (p=0.04) and 2.20 (p=0.04) respectively. In caregiver burden criterion, the score decreased by 9.45 (p=0.04) in 3 months after completing the education. In knowledge about schizophrenia test, the score increased by 2.60 score (p<0.001), and this result was maintained after 3 months.


It was found that a short-term family education program for schizophrenia was effective not only in improving the knowledge on the disease but also in reducing anxiety and depression, and this effect was maintained immediately after the psychoeducation and so was it as time passed as well.

Keywords: Schizophrenia; Psychoeducation; Family-psychoeducation


Fig. 1
Change of general health questionnaire-28 scores. * : p<0.05.
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Fig. 2
Change of caregiver burden and knowledge. * : p<0.05.
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Table 1
Epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of participants
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Table 2
Change of general health questionnaire-28 score during and after family psychoeducation
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Table 3
Change of caregiver burden and knowledge during and after family psychoeducation
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Table 4
Correlation between score changes of each criteria immediately after the program
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Table 5
Correlation between score changes of each criteria 3 months after completing the program
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