Changes in caregiving satisfaction and information needs among relatives of adults with mental illness: results of a randomized evaluation of a family-led education intervention

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2006 Oct;76(4):545-53. doi: 10.1037/0002-9432.76.4.545.


The authors examined changes in caregiving satisfaction and information needs among 462 relatives of individuals with mental illness who participated in a study of a family-led education course, the Journey of Hope (JOH). Participants were randomly assigned to receive JOH or to a control group waiting list and followed for 9 months. General linear model repeated measures analysis of variance found that, compared with the control group, the intervention group showed significant improvement in caregiving satisfaction and information needs following course completion and maintained these gains for another 6 months. Education and support from other family members in the form of a structured course is effective in meeting the caregiving needs of relatives of persons with mental illness.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Caregivers / education*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Empathy
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Social Support