The Efficacy of Group Psycho educational Interventions on Family Performance of Patients with Mood Disorders

Document Type : Original


1 MSc student of clinical psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran


Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of group psycho educational interventions on family function of patients with mood disorders.
Method: The study is pseudo-experimental with control group and random assignment. The experimental group composed of 6 subjects and the control group of 9 subjects. All participants, who were family members of patients with mood disorders, completed family assessment device (FAD). The experimental group attended 12 sessions of group psycho educational interventions but the control group received no intervention. Data analysis was done via covariance analysis.
Findings: The study indicated that group psycho educational interventions significantly improved family performance.
Results: The findings showed that group psycho educational interventions can promote family performance in patients with mood disorders


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