Impact Of Family Expressed Emotion Upon Schizophrenic Patients


Objectives: To describe the demographic characteristics of the patients. Describe the samples demographicprofile by gender. Estimate the relationship between patient’s socio-demographic (age, gender, education,marital status, kinship, income, employment, and the families expressed emotions.Methodology: The study carried out on a purposive “non probability” sample of (100) schizophrenic patientwere selected from Psychiatric Hospital in Baghdad City. A questionnaire is constructed for the purpose ofthe present study, which is distributed across 4 main parts. Part one is a covering letter to obtain theagreement of patients and their family members to participate in the present study, part tow included thedemographic characteristics of the sample, and part three included the demographic characteristics of thesample concerned family members who provide care and for schizophrenic patients, part four the level ofexpressed emotion scale. The overall items, which were included in the questionnaire, are 42 items. Validityand reliability of the questionnaire were determined through the review of a panel of experts and the pilotstudy. Data were collected through the period from September 11th 2011 to October 11th 2011. It wasanalyzed through the descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, and mean of score) and inferentialstatistics.Results: the results shows that The findings of the present study show that (46%) of the subjects are in theage group of 30-39, years. (62.8%) of the women reported that their income was inadequate compared to33.3% of the men.Conclusion: The results revealed that were a significant relationship was found in family expressed emotionwith schizophrenic patient regarding to their Compliance with medication, family size, and patient income.Recommendation: Collaboration between family members and mental health professional in the treatment ofschizophrenic patient. Family Educational programs about how to deal with schizophrenic patient's behaviorshould be implemented to increase their knowledge about schizophrenia and accepting to schizophrenicpatients._________________________________________________