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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GARCIA RAMOS, Paloma Roxana; MORENO PEREZ, Ana; FREUND LLOVERA, Namdev  and  LAHERA FORTEZA, Guillermo. Factors associated with Family Expressed Emotion in Schizophrenia: therapeutic implications. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.116, pp.739-756. ISSN 2340-2733.

From the first descriptions of schizophrenia has been suspected the contribution of the family to the establishment and course of the disease. In the second half of the 20th century the concept of Expressed emotion emerged as referring the prevalent style of family communication. High expressed emotion, determined by high levels of criticism, hostility or emotional over-involvement towards the patient, is recognized as one of the best environmental predictors of relapse in schizophrenia. It has been investigated potential factors associated with expressed emotion, including characteristics of the patient, family, of the disease, culture, etc. Family interventions decrease the number of relapses by the reduction of emotional expression, stress and family burden. The model of community-based healthcare in severe mental disorder must involve commitment to provide the family of the patient of the necessary tools to deal with the disease in a dignified manner.

Keywords : expressed emotion; schizophrenia; family therapy.

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