The purpose of this study attempted to understand the psychological well-being of caregivers of individuals with schizophrenia and factors affecting the caregivers' psychological well-being. More specifically, quality of life and psychiatric morbidity were used to represent the psychological well-being. Personal interviews using questionnaires were administrated to 57 caregivers. Data regarding knowledge of schizophrenia, perceived causes of schizophrenia, quality of life and psychiatric morbidity was collected. Psychiatrists assessed the symptoms severity of the schizophrenic patients. Compared with the controls, the psychological well-being of caregivers of patients with schizophrenia was poorer. There was a significant association between the positive symptoms score and the psychological well-being of caregivers. Life quality and psychiatric morbidity were affected by caregivers' knowledge of schizophrenia and beliefs about the cause of schizophrenia. Health care providers should consider the patients and their caregivers as a whole and provide psychoeducaiton to reduce the negative psychological impact of caregivers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health