The topic of families and schizophrenia is important because families are increasingly asked to be the long-term primary caregivers for clients. This causes unique stresses and affects both the client and the family system. This entry addresses the relevance of family in the treatment of schizophrenia, including a focus on the constructs of expressed emotion and family cohesion. The entry begins with a brief overview of schizophrenia.

Overview of Schizophrenia

There are three types of symptoms that, in combination, may result in a diagnosis of schizophrenia. These are positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. Positive, or psychotic, symptoms include delusions and hallucinations. Positive symptoms refer to those that are viewed as an excess or distortion of a client’s normal functioning and occur when an individual loses touch with ...

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