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Toolkit on Evaluating Family Experiences with Severe Mental Illness

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Richard Tessler, Ph.D., Gail Gamache, Ph.D.

Description

This Toolkit includes a documented discussion of the concept of care-giving, the burdens and gratifications associated with caring for a family member with severe mental illness, as well as a summary of current research. Full instructions for fielding a study using the Family Experiences Interview Schedule (FEIS) are provided. These instructions include the history and characteristics of the interview schedule, modular descriptions and rationales for each module, an outline of measures, procedures for scale and index construction, a question by question training manual, and complete instructions for interviewing. The Toolkit now includes an addendum with "New Measures of Family Member Evaluation of Mental Health Professionals, Client Services and Systems."

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