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An evaluation of the impact of voluntary sector family support workers on the quality of life of carers of schizophrenia sufferers

Weinberg, A and Huxley, P 2000, 'An evaluation of the impact of voluntary sector family support workers on the quality of life of carers of schizophrenia sufferers' , Journal of Mental Health, 9 (5) , pp. 495-503.

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Abstract

An evaluation was conducted of 15 voluntary sector family support workers (FSWs) working with families of schizophrenia sufferers. FSWs completed a diary schedule and interviews were conducted with 15 co-professionals from the FSWs' multi-disciplinary teams and 62 carers from FSWs' caseloads. Carers' problems were assessed using the burden component of the Social and Behavioural Assessment Schedule (Platt et al., 1983)and the Lancashire Quality of Life Profile (Oliver et al., 1996). Carers were asked about the type of support received and their satisfaction. The findings revealed the considerable pressures of caring and highlighted the value perceived by both carers and coprofessionals of the FSW as a counselling, listening, information and advocacy resource. The diary study revealed that FSWs spend 40% of their time providing emotional and/or practical support. The impact of this was suggested by the superior ratings of quality of life and lower burden scores among carers with whom the FSW had longer-term involvement.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mental Health
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0963-8237
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 12:43
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12763

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