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Is It Beneficial to Involve a Family Member in Psychosocial Interventions?

A recent study analyzed 70 randomized studies that compared interventions with usual medical care to interventions targeting patients’ closest family member or both patient and family member.  For patients, interventions that involved spouses had positive effects on depression and, in some cases, on mortality.  For family members, these interventions had positive effects for caregiving burden, depression and anxiety.  Information about this study can be found in:

Martire, L.M., Lustig, A.P.,  Schulz, R.,  Miller, G.E., and Helgeson, V.S. (2004).  Is It Beneficial to Involve a Family Member?  A Meta-Analysis of Psychosocial Interventions for Chronic Illness, Health Psychology, 23, 599-611.





Advances in Couples' Coping and Stress Research

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