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Social Functioning and the Course of Early-Onset Schizophrenia: Five-year follow-up of a psychosocial intervention

  • Marie E. Lenior (a1), Peter M. A. J. Dingemans (a1), Don H. Linszen (a1), Lieuwe De Haan (a1) and Aart H. Schene (a1)...

Schizophrenia implies severe social impairments. Since the treatment of patients with schizophrenia shifted from long-term hospital admissions to community services, research on social functioning has become increasingly important.


Follow-up assessment of social functioning in young patients with schizophrenia during a 5-year period after intervention.


During intervention, families were randomised into two conditions: standard intervention and standard plus family intervention.


Although no differential treatment effect with regard to the course of the illness was found, patients from the standard plus family intervention condition stayed for fewer months in institutions for psychiatric patients than patients from the standard intervention condition.


Family intervention has helped parents to support their children, thereby diminishing institutional care.

Corresponding author
Marie E. Lenior, Psychiatric Center AMC, Tafelbergweg 25, 1105 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Declaration of interest

This study was funded by grants 28-1241-1 and 28-1241-2 from the Dutch Health Research and Development Council and by the Dutch Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs (Project 90-120; CRO 504581).

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Social Functioning and the Course of Early-Onset Schizophrenia: Five-year follow-up of a psychosocial intervention

  • Marie E. Lenior (a1), Peter M. A. J. Dingemans (a1), Don H. Linszen (a1), Lieuwe De Haan (a1) and Aart H. Schene (a1)...
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