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The effectiveness of psychoeducation in improving attitudes towards psychological disorders and internalized stigma in the family members of bipolar patients: A quasi-experimental study
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-15, 02:56 authored by M Latifian, G Raheb, K Abdi, R Alikhani, SM Shariful Islam
Family members of bipolar patients experience stigma following being labeled by others, which can disrupt their routine lives and result in social isolation. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of psychoeducation in improving the attitudes of bipolar patients' family members towards psychological disorders and internalized stigma. The present study is a quasi-experimental study with a pre- and post-test follow-up design, in which 74 individuals were selected by convenience sampling among families who had a member with a bipolar disorder who was referred to the largest psychiatric hospital in Iran in 2021. The participants were randomly divided into the experimental and control groups (n = 37 per group). The members of the experimental group then underwent eight 90-min sessions of psychoeducation. The control group also received psychoeducation at the end of the study. The results of analysis of covariance showed that psychoeducation reduced internalized stigma in the family members of bipolar patients and increased their positive attitudes towards psychological disorders compared with the control group (p <.01). On this basis, psychoeducation can be useful to reduce the internalized stigma of family members of bipolar patients and to increase their positive attitudes towards psychological disorders.
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Social SciencesPsychology, MultidisciplinaryPsychologyattitudebipolar patients' familiesinternalized stigmapsychoeducationstigmaMENTAL-ILLNESSSCHOOL-STUDENTSRELATIVESPEOPLEClinical ResearchBehavioral and Social ScienceSerious Mental IllnessMental HealthBrain DisordersMental health3 Good Health and Well BeingCognitive SciencesPsychology not elsewhere classified