Family psychoeducation and schizophrenia: a review of the literature

J Marital Fam Ther. 2003 Apr;29(2):223-45. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2003.tb01202.x.


Family psychoeducation has emerged as a treatment of choice for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other disorders. More than 30 randomized clinical trials have demonstrated reduced relapse rates, improved recovery of patients, and improved family well-being among participants. Interventions common to effective family psychoeducation programs have been developed, including empathic engagement, education, ongoing support, clinical resources during periods of crisis, social network enhancement, and problem-solving and communication skills. Application of family psychoeducation in routine settings where patients having these disorders are usually treated has been limited, reflecting attitudinal, knowledge, practical, and systemic implementation obstacles. Through consensus among patient and family advocacy organizations, clinician training, and ongoing technical consultation and supervision, this approach has been implemented in routine clinical settings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family Relations*
  • Family Therapy / methods*
  • Family Therapy / trends
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Social Support