Get access

The effect psychoeducation intervention has on the caregiving burden of caregivers for schizophrenic patients in Turkey

Authors

  • Derya Tanrıverdi PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Mine Ekinci PhD

    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
    Search for more papers by this author

Derya Tanrıverdi, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gaziantep Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, 27310 Gaziantep, Türkiye. Email: deryalper@hotmail.com

Abstract

Tanrıverdi D, Ekinci M. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2012; 18: 281–288

The effect psychoeducation intervention has on the caregiving burden of caregivers for schizophrenic patients in Turkey

This study was conducted to determine the effects psychoeducation given to caregivers of schizophrenic patients has on the level of care burdens. The model used was one group pre-test post-test pre-experimental model. It was conducted on 31 caregivers in psychiatry clinics between October 2007 and June 2008. Data were collected using the ‘Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale’ and the questionnaire form that determined the introductory features of caregivers. The study group participated in eight psychoeducation sessions. The average pre-test score of care burden for caregivers was 57.2 ± 9.9, and the average post-test score was 34.3 ± 9.9. The distinction between the average pre-test and post-test score of care burden for caregivers was significant (P = 0.001). Psychoeducation, given for caregivers of patients with schizophrenia, had a significant effect in decreasing individuals' caregiving burdens. Psychoeducation programmes directed at families should be considered as a therapeutic strategy for patients with schizophrenia.

Ancillary