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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 160-163

Family support group in psychosocial rehabilitation

1 The Richmond Fellowship Post Graduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
L Ponnuchamy
The Richmond Fellowship Post Graduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, No. 40-1/4, Vajpeyam Gardens, 6th Cross, Ashok Nagar, Bhanasankari I Stage, Bangalore 560050
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.55941

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Background: Support groups for families of persons with mental illness are emerging as significant components in psychosocial rehabilitation programmes. Aim: To ascertain the expectations of family members who attend family support group meetings and to find out the efficacy of such programmes. Methods: The data were collected from support group members using a semi-structured interview schedule. The study sample (n=20) was drawn from family members who attended the support group meetings regularly for a minimum period of 6 months. Data analysis was done using percentile. Results: Analysis of the data revealed that members attending the support group meetings expected to get more information about the illness, develop skills to cope with problems at home and learn skills to deal with the ill person. An important finding of the study was that the members developed a 'feeling of togetherness' as a result of being a member of a group with common aims. Conclusion: Participation in a support group meeting positively affects key variables in the participant's adaptation to mental illness in a relative.



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