[Minor relatives of schizophrenia patients: burden and needs]

Neuropsychiatr. 2007;21(4):267-74.
[Article in German]


Objectives: The aim of the present study was to investigate the burden of minor relatives of schizophrenia patients and of the needs for support for the relatives.

Methods: 135 relatives of patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders were assessed by using the "Involvement Evaluation Questionnaire" and the "Carers' Needs Assessment for Schizophrenia".

Results: 24.4% of the total sample (N=33) had minor (i.e. below 18 years) siblings (N=18) or children (N=15). If the patient had minor siblings, almost the half of the adult relatives reported moderate or severe problems. However, among those patients who had to take care for minor children, only a fifth reported moderate or severe problems. Among the patients' offsprings being under the age of 16 behavioural disturbances, reduced appetite and other consequences of the disease were reported frequently.

Conclusions: These results indicate that patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders often have minor relatives in their family frequently suffering from marked burden.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Austria
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minors / psychology*
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis*
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*
  • Siblings / psychology
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires