Parenting Functioning Styles in a Population of Families with UHR and FEP Members

Poster C11, Saturday, October 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Renato Maria Menichincheri2, Enrico Visani1, Claudia Agostino1, Federica Seravelli1, Paola Recchioni2, Simona De Simone2; 1Istituto Italiano di Psicoterapia Relazionale Rma, 2ASL Roma 3

Purpose. By mutual consent, family represent an essential component in early intervention in mental illness, but its effective importance isn’t regularly assessed in clinical studies. In some clinical studies family burden and Expressed Emotions are assessed. Our observational study evaluates, globally, parenting functioning, not just in relation to the presence of clinical problem in one of the members. Materials and Methods. The study employs questionnaire FACES IV. Designed as a self-report assessment for the Circumplex Model of Couple and Family Systems, FACES IV taps both balanced (healthy) and unbalanced (problematic) aspects of family functioning. The two balanced FACES IV scales are Balanced Cohesion and the Balanced Flexibility. The unbalanced scales are Enmeshed, Disengaged, Chaotic and Rigid. The questionnaire was administered to 23 patients and their parents (18 fathers and 23 mothers). The patients were diagnosed as Ultra High Risk (UHR) or First Episode of Psychosis (FEP), mean age 19,7 years, DUP 19,5 months, GAF: 51,5. The results were compared with a sample of not clinical families and with families with members with different clinical problems (autism, eating disorders). Results. The families with a UHR or FEP member present problematic scores in different scales, above all Chaotic and Disengaged Styles of Functioning . Conclusion. The study demonstrated the capability of FACES IV to differentiate not clinical and clinical families and to support the planning of tailored interventions for the families based on the specific parenting style of functioning.

Topic Area: Psychosocial Interventions

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