Family psychoeducation as an evidence-based practice

CNS Spectr. 2004 Dec;9(12):905-12. doi: 10.1017/s109285290000972x.


Family psychoeducation programs have emerged as a strongly supported evidence-based practice in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Over 30 randomized clinical trials demonstrated that psychoeducation programs reduce relapse, improve symptomatic recovery, and enhance psychosocial and family outcomes. Recent work supports family psychoeducation strategies for other disorders, including major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. This review summarizes the research evidence supporting prominent models of family psychoeducation. Professional and peer-led family education programs are also reviewed and differentiated from family psychoeducation. Directions for future research studies to enhance the evidence base and inform treatment recommendations are proposed. Finally, strategies for implementation of family psychoeducation in routine clinical practice are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family Health
  • Family*
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Psychology
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*