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Avoidant coping is associated with distress in carers of people with psychosis. We hypothesized that this form of coping would abate as carers adapt their coping strategies in the course of the illness. One hundred and forty-one carers of two groups of patients, with recent onset and longer established psychosis, respectively, completed self-report measures of coping and general distress. We found that avoidant coping strategies were associated with carer distress but not with duration of illness. These results argue the need for interventions to reduce the carers' reliance on maladaptive (avoidant) strategies at any stage of the illness.

Original publication

DOI

10.1097/NMD.0b013e31821ccb07

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Nerv Ment Dis

Publication Date

06/2011

Volume

199

Pages

423 - 424

Keywords

Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Avoidance Learning, Caregivers, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Psychotic Disorders, Stress, Psychological, Time Factors, Young Adult