Emotional Distress and Strain in Relatives of Patients with Severe Mental Disorders: A Comparative Study

Ukpong, D. I. ; Makanjuola, R. O. A. (2003)


The levels of emotional distress and strain were examined in two groups of relatives of psychiatric patients using standard instruments. The dementia group had more GHQ-30 cases than the schizophrenic group. Even though the schizophrenic relatives had higher distress and strain scores than the dementia relatives, they did not reach significant levels when the two groups were compared.