Date Approved

5-6-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Caregivers; Mentally ill--Care

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purposes of the present study were to find a relationship between family/caregiver involvement in treatment of mentally ill adults that they care for and clients' overall Axis IV and V assessments. Support and education groups were held at Family Service in New Jersey over a six-month period. The population (n=12) came from the Hattie Tallie program at Family Service. These clients and their family members/social supports and caregivers attended meetings for six months to gain education and to support each other in dealing with clients' treatment. Global Assessment of Functioning scores (Axis V) and Severity of stressors (Axis IV) were taken before these groups began and again at the completion of the six months. Correlation analysis revealed an overall maintenance of these scores throughout the six months. Research on family involvement and education for caregivers was discussed.

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