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THE RELATIONSHIP OF SOCIAL NETWORK DEFICITS WITH DEFICITS IN SOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN LONG-TERM PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS

BRUGHA, TS; WING, JK; BREWIN, CR; MACCARTHY, B; LESAGE, A; (1993) THE RELATIONSHIP OF SOCIAL NETWORK DEFICITS WITH DEFICITS IN SOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN LONG-TERM PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS. SOC PSYCH PSYCH EPID , 28 (5) 218 - 224.

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Abstract

It has been suggested that deficits or impairments in social functioning may explain the depleted support networks of the mentally ill. With this in mind, 145 long-term users of day care psychiatric facilities, 57% of whom had a life-time diagnosis of schizophrenia, were examined to determine whether deficits in social and survival skills explained deficits in their social networks. Compared with patients with acute depression, long-term patients had smaller social networks. There was a very small but statistically significant association between observer ratings of deficits in social functioning (daily social and living skills) and self-reported family social networks size. Behavioural problems were also associated with smaller family networks. Among the long-term patients. duration of service contact and type of disorder (affective vs nonaffective psychosis) were not related to network size. These preliminary findings are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: THE RELATIONSHIP OF SOCIAL NETWORK DEFICITS WITH DEFICITS IN SOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN LONG-TERM PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS
Keywords: HIGH CONTACT SURVEY, MENTALLY-ILL, LIFE EVENTS, DAY-CARE, SUPPORT, SCHIZOPHRENIA, DEPRESSION, COMMUNITY, CHILDHOOD, SYMPTOMS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125435
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