The Development of a Multiple Family Group Programme for First-Episode Psychosis in Singapore

Presentation First Author: 
Christopher Loh

Studies have suggested benefits of Multiple Family Group (MFG) in improving families coping with first-episode psychosis . MFG in the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme (EPIP) in Singapore is a newly developed, activity-based and experiential programme which comprises four 2.5-hour weekly sessions. The MFG aims to (i) improve understanding of psychosis and its impact on the patients and their families, (ii) allow mutual learning, (iii) expand support network and reduce social isolation, and (iv) assist families to discover their strengths and resources.In the past year, the MFG has been conducted thrice. A total of eight families (27 participants) were involved in the MFGs. No family dropped out but some participants were unable to attend all the sessions. An evaluation form was developed to obtain feedback on the structure and content of the programme. The form comprises 19 four-point (strongly disagree, disagree, agree and strongly agree) Likert scale questions and three open-ended questions. Feedback from the open-ended questions revealed that the participants found the multi-family group setting, activities and discussion topics useful in supporting mutual learning and sharing. 25 out of 27 participants reported that they would recommend the MFG to other families in the same situation. 15 out of 19 Likert scale questions had more than 90% positive feedback from the participants.In conclusion, the MFG has generated positive feedback which suggests potential benefits for the families. Therefore it would be worthwhile evaluating and shaping the MFG programme further to better meet the needs of families with first episode psychosis.

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Presentation Date: 
January, 2015
Additional Authors: 
Helen Lee - Justine Xue - Swapna Verma
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