Family-focused treatment versus individual treatment for bipolar disorder: Results of a randomized clinical trial

Margaret M. Rea, David J. Miklowitz, Martha C. Tompson, Michael J. Goldstein, Sun Hwang, Jim Mintz

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Abstract

Recently hospitalized bipolar, manic patients (N = 53) were randomly assigned to a 9-month, manual-based, family-focused psychoeducational therapy (n = 28) or to an individually focused patient treatment (n = 25). All patients received concurrent treatment with mood- stabilizing medications. Structured follow-up assessments were conducted at 3-month intervals for a 1-year period of active treatment and a 1-year period of posttreatment follow-up. Compared with patients in individual therapy, those in family-focused treatment were less likely to be rehospitalized during the 2-year study period. Patients in family treatment also experienced fewer mood disorder relapses over the 2 years, although they did not differ from patients in individual treatment in their likelihood of a first relapse. Results suggest that family psychoeducational treatment is a useful adjunct to pharmacotherapy in decreasing the risk of relapse and hospitalization frequently associated with bipolar disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-492
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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