Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 40–49 | Cite as

Toward a New Alliance

Psychiatric Residents and Family Support Groups
  • James G. Barbee
  • Agnes M. Kasten
  • Marilyn K. Rosenson
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In an attempt to assess the status of residency training in psychoeducational approaches for families of chronically ill patients, the authors conducted a national survey of U.S. residency training programs. Responses from 154 programs (75%) indicated a wide variation in time allotted, activities, and participants in such training among the respondents. Less than 50% of the programs indicated formal involvement of family support groups such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the National Depressive and Manie-Depressive Association (NDMDA). The authors describe a program they have initiated that incorporates organized family support groups in such training efforts.


Schizophrenia Mental Health System Chronic Patient Residency Training Program Psychiatric Resident 


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© Academic Psychiatry 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • James G. Barbee
    • 1
  • Agnes M. Kasten
    • 2
  • Marilyn K. Rosenson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineLouisiana State UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.LSU Department of PsyciatryUSA

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