Family burden and family environment: Comparison between patients with panic disorder and with clinical diseases
Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2014
© 2014 The Authors. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences © 2014 Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 69, Issue 2, pages 100–108, February 2015
How to Cite
Detzel, T., Wesner, A. C., Fritz, A., da Silva, C. T. B., Guimarães, L. and Heldt, E. (2015), Family burden and family environment: Comparison between patients with panic disorder and with clinical diseases. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 69: 100–108. doi: 10.1111/pcn.12211
- Issue online: 25 JAN 2015
- Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2014
- Accepted manuscript online: 6 JUN 2014 03:01AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 8 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Received: 3 DEC 2013
- Fundação de Incentivo a Pesquisa e Eventos do Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (FIPE-HCPA)
- Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisas do Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS)
- clinical diseases;
- family burden;
- family environment;
- panic disorder
The objective of this study was to compare the family burden and environment of patients with panic disorder (PD) with those of a control group composed of relatives of patients with clinical diseases.
A cross-sectional study was performed with 67 relatives of patients with PD, and 66 family members of patients with clinical diseases. All patients were administered a set of instruments to assess family burden and environment.
Multivariate analyses revealed significant between-group differences on measurements of objective and subjective burden, both of which can be influenced by kinship, since higher levels of family burden tend to be reported by the children of the affected individual. Levels of family burden also tend to be associated with the severity of PD symptoms.
The assessment of family burden may be useful in developing family-focused therapeutic strategies and may contribute to the improvement of patient outcomes.