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Keywords:

  • schizophrenia;
  • carer burden;
  • coping style

The development of a questionnaire to measure the coping style of people caring for a relative with schizophrenia is described. Data on the psychometric properties of this questionnaire are reported for a sample of 91 carers. It is shown that coping style is associated with carer burden and psychological distress. In particular, the coping styles ‘collusion’, ‘criticism/coercion’,‘overprotectiveness',‘emotional over-involvement’ and‘resignation’ were found to be associated with higher levels of carer burden, and the coping style‘warmth’ was found to be associated with lower levels of carer burden.