Effectiveness of Family Didactic-Therapeutic Package for Managing Symptoms of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil Branch, Ardabil, Iran

2 psychology,educational sciences,university of mohaghegh ardabili

3 Department of Psychology, Ardabil Branch, Islamic Azad University

4 Ardabil Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil



This study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of family didactic-therapeutic package on symptoms management in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs). This experiential study with a clinical trial, had a pretest-posttest design and was conducted in a quasi-experimentally manner. The statistical population included all families/caregivers of patients with SSDs who had a case in Ardabil Welfare Office in 2020, and were diagnosed by a psychiatrist (note: a patient's family refers to his/her father, mother, spouse, or child volunteered to attend the didactic-therapeutic sessions). The sample consisted of 40 patients' caregivers, selected by the convenient sampling method, and randomly divided into the experimental (n = 20) and control (n = 20) group. Descriptive statistical methods were used to describe the data, while MANCOVA was performed to test the hypotheses. Significant differences were observed between the experimental and control groups in terms of symptoms management (P <0.001, F = 17.17). Therefore, the suggested family didactic-therapeutic package could be useful for managing symptoms of patients with SSDs (P <0.01).