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The Views of Mental Health Manager Towards the Use of a Family Work Model for Psychosis in Guangzhou, China

Dixon, J., Lei, J., Huang, W. , Sin, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0590-7165 & Smith, G. (2018). The Views of Mental Health Manager Towards the Use of a Family Work Model for Psychosis in Guangzhou, China. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(7), pp. 1057-1063. doi: 10.1007/s10597-018-0247-7


Family Interventions in Psychosis (FIP) have been promoted internationally but have been criticised for being based on western cultural models. This paper reports on a focus group study with 10 Integrated Mental Health Service Managers in Guangzhou, China using thematic analysis. Managers believed FIP might benefit families but identified potential difficulties due to (a) families avoiding services due to the ‘shame’ of mental illness (b) unrealistic expectations of services amongst families (c) deferral to ‘key decision-makers’ within families when discussing family issues with workers. The findings indicate that FIP work should focus on interaction between carers in the first instance with service users being introduced into sessions at a later date and that more attention needs to be given by the research community to how FIP may be adapted to cultural norms within China.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Community Mental Health Journal. The final authenticated version is available online at:
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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