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Coping Styles in Carers of People With Recent and Long-Term Psychosis

Onwumere, Juliana PhD*; Kuipers, Elizabeth PhD*†; Bebbington, Paul PhD; Dunn, Graham PhD§; Freeman, Daniel PhD; Fowler, David MSc; Garety, Philippa PhD*†

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: June 2011 - Volume 199 - Issue 6 - p 423-424
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31821ccb07
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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.

*Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, London; †National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Biomedical Mental Health Research Centre; ‡University College London, London; §University of Manchester, Manchester; ∥University of Oxford, Oxford; and ¶University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

This work was supported by a program grant from the Wellcome Trust (Grant 062452).

Send reprint requests to Dr Juliana Onwumere, PhD, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London, SE5 8AF, Box PO77. E-mail: juliana.1.onwumere@kcl.ac.uk

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.