Providing information about the diagnosis and nature of schizophrenia to patients and their families seems such a reasonable (and ethical) procedure in the present climate that it is hard to imagine doing otherwise. However, this cross-sectional view would miss the paradigm shift that has occurred in the last several decades. It is only in the last 15 years that schizophrenia has come to be viewed as a disorder with prominent biological factors. Previously, the condition was seen as caused by the ills of society, or later by the interaction patterns of the family (Hatfield, 1987). Only as knowledge accrued concerning the biological factors in the illness was there a body of information to impart and a movement to do so.


Schizophrenic Patient Family Therapy Community Psychiatry Family Education Survival Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John F. Clarkin
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNew York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterWhite PlainsUSA

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