Expressed Emotion (EE) is a method of assessing the emotional make-up of a family, widely used in English-speaking countries, with particular reference to schizophrenia. This research programme arose out of a trial application of EE to a group of Italian families. Data are given here relative to a sample of 19 families with a schizophrenic member (according to DSM III criteria). The results confirm the hypothesised correlation between family EE and recidivist symptomatology of schizophrenic subjects: 'high family EE' is associated with the most serious and habitual schizophrenic cases. The necessary adaptations which had to be made in order to apply EE assessment methods to Italian families are also discussed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Schizophrenia and family expressed emotion: study of an Italian population|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health